Girls prove skills on field
THEY may not have got the win but the trailblazing FNC Sixers side have certainly opened a few people's eyes.
The team, which believed to be the first all-girls side to play the usually boys-only event, made its debut on yesterday's day one of the Lismore Under-12 Cricket Carnival.
It was a baptism of fire for the team, which went down by 161 runs to Armidale.
Sixers all-rounder Jenna Fuller admitted she had found it "nerve-racking" taking on the boys at first, but soon the tables were turned.
"I think they were getting a bit nervous when we were hitting good shots," she said. "They tried to bowl it a bit quicker.
"It makes me happy knowing they think we're a challenge.
"It's exciting we are the first girls in this carnival and we are making a bit of history."
Despite the loss, there were some good individual performances from the invitational side.
Carly Fuller made a composed 44.
The side is made up of girls from across the North Coast and is endorsed by Cricket New South Wales.
Sixers player Rachel Cooper only took up cricket about a year ago but has already become hooked.
The 12-year-old, from Corndale, was all for allowing girls to play alongside the boys.
"I think girls and boys should play equally," she said.
"My brother always goes on about how he is better at cricket because he has had had more experience, but if I keep practising I can get better than the boys.
"I think at our age it's not really who you are, it's about how much commitment you have and how much you want to achieve."
Teammate Grace Parsons plays alongside boys for her Marist Brothers side.
"Most of the boys there are really nice to me usually," the 10-year-old Canaiab player said.
"I think it's a great opportunity for us this week. We are making history."
It was day of contrasting fortunes for the region's other teams at the event.
FNC Green and the FNC Futures went down to Newcastle and South East Queensland respectively.
There was better news for FNC Gold, though, who saw off Hunter Valley by 33 runs.
Charlie Mitchell made 32m, while Toom Gooley took 3-14.
Twenty teams from across the state are taking part in the four-day event.