A NEWLY formed Stewartry sports team is calling for support in their first full season.
Galloway Ladies Cricket Club captain and coach Mary Hughes is delighted at the story so far but understands that to compete at a national level they will need the support of the local community.
She said: “We, as cricketing mums, sisters, and relatives, have been flying the flag for junior cricket in the area for some time and have put in a lot of time organising, travelling, fundraising and generally raising awareness of cricket.
“Because of this dedication we now have a very successful junior section in our tiny club and are constantly working to increase numbers and show everyone that cricket is alive and kicking and not everyone is a football or rugby superstar and there are alternative sports to play.
“On the back of all this enthusiasm and with a little ‘if ya can’t beat em join em’ mentality, some of us mums decided we would give it a go too.
“We have a group of about 15 women so far (and the numbers are growing) who are taking part in weekly indoor training sessions and we have entered a team in the 2012 season women’s Scottish cup and league.
“Recently, we took part in our first ever indoor tournament in Peebles where there were five other clubs. It was a very good experience for us all and we learned a lot, including the fact that we are not too shabby and won’t take long to catch up with the competition.”
But catching up could be expensive and Mary points out they cannot do it all alone.
Mrs Hughes added: “We are in need of funds.
“Hall fees can be crippling to a fledgling team not to mention training equipment and team kit etc.
“Our winter training hall fees are at present £37 per hour and although we really need two hours training per week we cannot fund it (we share our training hour with the juniors too so they don’t miss out on winter training).
“We would love to be able to turn out at tournaments like the rest of the teams, in a club kit which again at the moment is beyond our reach at least £500 to kit out the whole team.
“So far, we have paid for all our own travel, kit and equipment but as you may appreciate, we have children also requiring kit, travel, hall fees and the list goes on, so it is becoming very difficult.
“We are looking for sponsorship and donations towards keeping our cricket club ladies section moving in the right direction and raising awareness of cricket in general.
“We have been taking pictures of our progress and writing newspaper reports on a regular basis and this has begun to raise a bit of interest.
“With your help we will continue in our quest.”