Sport

Southern Star tips bright future

ADVICE FROM THE TOP: Erin Osbourne, Alex Blackwell and Kara Sutherland, who represent the NSW Breakers and the Australian Southern Stars, with Sydney North players at Oakes Oval, Lismore, yesterday during the PSSA girls cricket carnival.
ADVICE FROM THE TOP: Erin Osbourne, Alex Blackwell and Kara Sutherland, who represent the NSW Breakers and the Australian Southern Stars, with Sydney North players at Oakes Oval, Lismore, yesterday during the PSSA girls cricket carnival. Marc Stapelberg

Alex Blackwell

AUSTRALIAN Southern Stars vice-captain Alex Blackwell believes women's cricket could soon be an avenue for girls to make a living.

Blackwell was in Lismore yesterday and was joined by Australian team-mate Erin Osborne and NSW player Kara Sutherland.

They spent the day travelling between games at the NSW Primary Schools girls' cricket carnival.

"It's not a particularly lucrative thing for us to be part of, we do it for the love of the game and a lot of female team sports are like that," Blackwell said.

"I think these girls are the age group (10-12 years) that could be professional and make money.

"When I was their age I hadn't even heard of the Australian Southern Stars but we are moving forward and are on TV now and it's likely that these girls have seen us play."

Continued, page 35.

From back page.

"To meet us in person is hopefully something special and helps keep them involved in the game," Blackwell said.

Blackwell has been playing for a decade and reached the 100-game milestone in the Women's National Cricket League for NSW last month.

The talented allrounder is looking forward to the 50-over World Cup in India next year.

The Australian team has already won back-to-back Twenty20 World Cups.

They also have The Ashes and there is other Test cricket on the horizon.

"Soccer was always a big thing for me but there are so many complex skills to cricket," Blackwell said.

"We have three formats of the game and who knows what it will be in the future."

Blackwell, Osborne and Sutherland attended a dinner last night and will be at the Lismore games again today.

"I hope we can show the girls that if you enjoy the game of cricket it can take you a long way," Blackwell said.

"I've been impressed so far with the positioning and shot selection, it's proper quality cricket.

"I think it's a sport that's very suitable for girls with the mental challenges of the game and the social side of things.

"It's Australia's favourite sport and it's for everyone."



Severe storm warning issued for Lismore

There is a severe weather warning for the region.

Large hailstones, heavy rain and damaging winds have been predicted

Worst damage in 30 years: Iconic lighthouse out of action

The Byron Bay Lighthouse has been damaged by lightning.

Severe lightning "obliterates" Byron lighthouse circuit breakers

Man busted with ice in his undies

Man wearing underpants

Police discover man's drug cock up

Local Partners

MT WARNING: Rescues show just how dangerous it can be

TODAY'S tragic rescue at Mt Warning marks the fourth recovery effort this year and sadly, the first death atop the highest point on the Northern Rivers.


REVEALED: A new Northern Rivers music festival in 2017

Lismore Music Festival co-directors Scott Cooper and Paul Connelly.

Mark March 10 and 11 in your calendar

This weekend's markets list

BIG VOICE: Ron the Coffee Man is a popular and regular stallholder at a number of local markets.

Where to get fresh local produce from

Not ten, but fifteen awesome things to do this week

ANNIVERSARY: Charity day party Nudge Nudge Wink Wink has raised almost $20,000 for local organisations in its first year of events.

This busy week we have pretty much every possible event you may want

Hailey Baldwin: I don't understand Taylor Swift's squad

Hailey Baldwin has taken a quick stab at Taylor Swift and co.

Taylor Lautner 'spotted smooching co-star'

Taylor Lautner has been romantically linked to Billie Lourd

David Beckham's tattoos come to life for UNICEF campaign

David Beckham has called for an end to violence against children

Pop star Liam Payne's Facebook hacked with porn

"Things that can happen to you when you don't have sex."

Tim Roth was abused by his grandfather

Tim Roth was abused by his grandfather during his childhood.

Leo designs shocker tattoo for Tom Hardy after lost bet

Leonardo DiCaprio has designed a new tattoo for Tom Hardy

Developer's grand new multi-million dollar estate

NEW ESTATE: This is the only plan revealed by the property developer's new Billabongs Estate in Agnes Water.

DEVELOPER given the go ahead for a massive estate with 149 homes.

Banks reclaim Gladstone homes as job losses bite

LONG FALL: Property experts Heron Todd say, based on key market indicators, Gladstone is still travelling to the bottom of the market, with property prices set to get cheaper.

Property valuers say Gladstone housing market hasn't hit the bottom

The million dollar property to test Mackay's market

This Victoria St building will go to auction Tuesday and investors will be watching closely to see how much it sells for.

'High profile architect designed CBD asset' goes to auction

Chinese locked out of Australian property market

The rules are different if you're a foreigner

The buyer was from China - the trouble started right there

Morrison signs off on new affordable rental model

Australia's Treasurer Scott Morrison speaks during a press conference after a meeting of the Council of Federal Financial Relations at Parliament House in Canberra, Friday, Dec. 2, 2016.

Scott Morrison signed off on development of a new financing model

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!