Women finally pull up stumps

AFTER 35 years, the Lismore Women's Cricket Association has been dissolved, with the presentation of its remaining funds to the Westpac Lifesaver Helicopter. Formed in the 1972-73 season, with Marie Lee as president, Kay Ford as secretary and Elva Whittaker as treasurer, initial interest was overwhelming. Six teams Workers, Easts, Wests, Norths, Marist Brothers and Souths contested the inaugural competition. But for the most part there were four regular teams until the demise of the competition in the early 1990s. After that a women's team represented Easts successfully in Lismore District men's fourth grade until 1994. "We achieved a lot for a small association," said Marie Lee, the driving force behind the organisation. "Lismore won five consecutive State titles in the 1980s; we hosted three State titles; City v Country matches; the first ever women's one-day international under lights (Australia v New Zealand at Oakes Oval in 1993); and played regularly against the Gentlemen of Lismore in fundraising matches.

Australian captain "We are also able to boast a tremendous record as far as representative players. Lyn Larsen, Donna Scurr, Kay Blair and Julie Kearns represented the NSW open team (Lyn as captain from 1984 to 1993) and Charmaine Fleming, Tammy Lees and Tania Perry represented NSW Under-21s. "We also had numerous Country Firsts and Country Seconds representatives, and of course Lyn Larsen was a member of the Australian women's cricket team from 1984 to 1994 (1986 to 1993 as captain)." The association had three life members Marie Lee, Del Mulcahy and Lyn Larsen. Marie and Lyn were recognised by the Lismore City Council with sporting fields named after them at South Lismore. The grounds host an annual social match of past players in March each year when stories of the good old days get tossed around. A final celebration of the Lismore Women's Cricket Association will be held at a get-together later in the year. Anyone who played women's cricket in Lismore since 1972, or knows the whereabouts of past players, is asked to contact Lyn Larsen on 66891458 (after hours).



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