Learning the basics of running a cricket match is vital to the growth and understanding of cricket as a sport and the Women’s Island Cricket Program (WICP) are paving the way in the VCA by teaching cricket basics to their participants.
Each year representatives from each participating community takes part in a scoring and umpiring course facilitated by the WICP team with the purpose of broadening the knowledge of the participants with regards to how to the rules of the game, how to score and how to umpire in an island cricket match.
This year the course was facilitated at the Vanuatu Cricket high performance center at Korman on the 13th and 14th of June with 14 representatives from five communities namely, Blacksands, Eratap, Imaki, Seaside and Beverly Hills.
Present on the day was Steven Selifen from New Caledonia who assisted with introducing the participants to what Island Cricket is all about and some of the basic rules of the game.
Women’s Island Cricket officer, Lucien Tulangi expressed her satisfaction of the two days course and said that she is hopeful for the smooth running of future Island Cricket competitions.
“I am satisfied with the turnout of the participants to the course and I feel that this is a step in the right direction to ensure that our island cricket tournaments are played fairly but at a high standard. I hope the mothers will go back to their communities and help spread the knowledge with their fellow team mates to ensure that every one is on the right track for future competitions,” she said.
Each of the 14 participants of the scoring and umpiring course were awarded a scoring and umpiring course completion certificate and are now eligible to facilitate any Women’s Island Cricket matches or competitions.
This will give the participants more confidence in their knowledge of cricket which will help develop cricket as a sport in Vanuatu and the VCA would like to acknowledge the Australian Government for funding the WICP through the Pacific Sports Partnership.