Monash University CC News

Hawks' loss is Gryphons' big gain

By Waverley Leader

From the Waverley Leader 13th October 2008:

THERE'S a newlook team in the Victorian Women's Cricket Association this season but the side boasts some familiar faces.

The Monash University Gryphons are a by-product of the Gryphons welcoming Hawthorn-Monash University players after their teams were disaffiliated by the Hawks' board earlier this year.

Team manager and player Julie Hunter said the Gryphons had fielded a team in the One-Day competition but were excited to now have a side contesting the Premier Firsts competition.

'It's really exciting. We've had about 10 girls come over as there's been a few retirements,' she said.

'The Gryphons have been really supportive and have handled all off-field matters, which has been great because we were always doing it before and now we can just focus on playing cricket.'

Hunter, a former-state representative, said the team featured a mix of youth and experience.

'We've got our captain Jodi Dean, who has played for Victoria, and Linda Machin is out injured at the moment but she is also very experienced,' she said.

'There's also some really good young players. We played two 14-year-olds in Round 1 and it's great that we can give them an opportunity.

'They wouldn't get this sort of opportunity at another club, so we'll be giving them plenty of time with the bat and ball and look forward to watching their progress.'

The Gryphons launched their season with a first-round clash against Box Hill, but were defeated.

'Box Hill had some in-form batters and are an experienced team and it was our first game together,' Hunter said.

'But, I was really proud with how they went. We batted-out the 50 overs, which was good because that was a goal we'd set.'