Secondary Schools Girls’ competition kicks off Finals Week
New Williamfield, Stirling was the venue for this year’s Secondary Schools Girls’ competitions as Cricket Scotland’s National Finals week got under-way.
The S1-S3 cup featured eight teams; Castle Douglas High School, Dalbeattie High School, Dollar Academy, George Watsons’ College, Holyrood Secondary School, Moray Schools, St Leonards and Strathallan School.
The early round of group games allowed teams to find their feet and work out the best tactics for the competition. George Watson’s College won Group A undefeated, as did Group B winners, Strathallan. The final was closely contested and it was last year’s winners George Watson’s College who kept their cool and retain the Cup.
The S4 – S6 Trophy was contested between George Watson’s College and Holyrood Secondary Schools.
The girls who lifted the cup from George Watson’s College last year showed their experience to lift the inaugural S4 – S6 trophy winning their four games, two against Mary Erskine School and Holyrood, while Mary Erksine School finished second after winning both their games against Holyrood.
At the conclusion of the medal ceremony Kari Carswell, Women’s Cricket Manager took some time out to reflect on the day by saying, “This is only the second year of a girls-only competition so to be able to introduce a competition for S4-S6 girls it’s pretty pleasing.
This year we have seen new schools enter, and I think it’s fair to say everyone who came along enjoyed it and will go home happy.
Cricket is such a great team game for girls and the format of the tournaments allow for maximum participation. It is also really easy to understand with limited equipment.
I think that is really crucial because people often think cricket is really confusing and takes all day to complete, but this format is so different to a test match! Development remains a crucial pillar of our game, and there is no doubt progress has been made, but I’m fully aware that there is a long way still to go”.