OUR SAY: World cup win gives ‘hope’ at grassroots
The many Mackay cricket fans who sat on their couches Sunday night would have been on edge, shouting at the TV and cheering on the Aussie girls, during the ICC women's T20 World Cup grand finals against India - just like I was.
The cup was swept up by Australia which comfortably won by 85 runs.
Still, the match was soundtracked by the nervous yet excited fans cheering on each shot.
The thrilling batting innings started with a bang from the two openers Beth Mooney and Alyssa Healy who hit the fastest 50 in a men's and women's ICC cricket final ever.
Australia scored 184 runs for four wickets in the first innings, creating a sense of hope and confidence for the rest of the game.
India's energy shifted with their heads down after Healy and Mooney hit them all over the park. The batting stars did not spare an opportunity to make the ball fly over the fielders' heads for six.
Alongside the batters' efforts were Megan Schultz with the ball in hand picking up four wickets for Australia along with Jess Jonassen with three.
The intense waiting game to see who came out on top was clearly dominated by Australia who bowled India out for 99 runs in th 19 overs.
Being a young cricketer myself, having played for Queensland school girls, and in the Brisbane premier women's Katherine Raymont shield competition, this special grand final for the Australian women created motivation and hope for young aspiring cricketers, giving us something to achieve and dream about.
The Mackay Cricket community encourages young and old female participants to have a go and have fun while the game.
This is promoted by the Heat Girls Cricket League and the WAGS and MAGS women's social cricket competition.
Louise Broardfoot, an ex Australian player currently living in Mackay, has been impressed and proud of the local pathways for female cricketers.
"The new pathways for young female cricketers have given the opportunity to play in all girls competitions," she said. "The rate at which female cricketers are growing is only going to improve … the inspiring performance on (Sunday) night could help with the participation numbers in the future."