From the Students: Why We Play Cricket

The 2021 QGSSSA cricket season commenced earlier this year with five teams in the Girls Grammar squad. As Cricket Captains, we are immensely proud of the dedication and spirit all players displayed during training and at games this term. Thank you to our wonderful coordinator, Mr Cupitt, and our amazing team of coaches for their support and enthusiasm.

On Wednesday 24 February, Girls Grammar celebrated Pink Stumps Day—the highlight of the season for many—where the BGGS community joins to raise money and awareness for the McGrath Foundation’s important work. Through a delicious pink-themed afternoon tea and selling raffle tickets, pink ribbons and special edition badges, BGGS successfully raised $1675.

The Open team finished their season with four wins and two losses, showing promising performances at every game. We wish all other teams the best for their last round of games next week. So far, the 1A team is undefeated. The team looks forward to their final game against the School’s 1B team at Rangakarra.

At BGGS, we encourage cricket players of all skill levels to participate. To gain insight into cricket at Girls Grammar, we asked players to reflect on their experiences:

What inspired you to start playing cricket?
‘My biggest inspiration for cricket was, and continues to be, Elyse Perry. Her cricket and football accomplishments are amazing. I think she is a wonderful role model for all female cricket players, always inspiring girls and young women to strive for their goals.’ —Erin Appleyard (10W)

What has cricket at BGGS taught you?
‘Cricket at BGGS has made me stronger, helped me socialise, and allowed me to make lasting friendships with other girls. It has also encouraged me to keep playing cricket.’—Sandha Palliyaguru (7G)

‘BGGS cricket has taught us how to be better leaders. It has helped develop our teamwork and communication skills.’—Emma Rothwell (12G) and Sophia Rothwell (12G)

What do you like about cricket?
‘I like that cricket is a team sport. The camaraderie on the field is one of my favourite things—everyone is so supportive. The connections you make with your team are also amazing, and I love when the whole team is sitting on the boundary, cheering on our batters. There’s nothing better!’—Erin Appleyard (10W)

What is your favourite memory of cricket at BGGS?
‘Pink Stumps Day is our favourite BGGS cricket event. We love seeing the BGGS community working together for a good cause. Cricket is the highlight of our week because everyone is so nice, and funny. Sport itself is important, but at the end of the day, the community and shared team spirit makes the time spent together invaluable.’—Emma Rothwell and Sophia Rothwell (12G)

Elizabeth Choo (12M) and Caira Taylan (12G)
Cricket Captains

Emma Rothwell (12G) and Sophia Rothwell (12G)

BGGS Open Team celebrate Amreen Kahlon (10B) retiring