It's nearly cricket season!
Last year through happenstance, hard work and Instagram, Gemma found a place in a Victorian Premier cricket club, EMPLCC, at the age of 14.
Now the club happens to be a 45 minute drive from our home, but when she walked up to her first practice and all the women, complete strangers to us, immediately began to introduce themselves by their nicknames and then got her straight into a warmup run, I had a really nice feeling.
Every training session saw her skills grow and even though she might have stayed in her protective shell and not spoken but a handful of words, she was enjoying herself, learning so much and giving it her 💯% focus.
Just being able to train alongside such strong and experienced players was a gift, but then the opportunity came for her to play a game.
As she came into EMP towards the end of the season there wasn't a chance to buy her a uniform, but they made sure she had one to borrow for her debut in the 2nds. Then by the most incredible circumstances she ended up playing her second game for the club with their Firsts. Baptism by fire, but what a golden experience.
Again we will be driving 45 minutes each way to train with Essendon this season, but we bought a car with better fuel consumption and got ourselves a Spotify Premium family account, so it will be much better. I look forward to sitting on the hill overlooking the nets or running the Maribyrnong in the summer evenings again... And maybe this year Gem will get her own cricketing nickname! 👉(hint hint)👈
Now... This could be your Instagram sign that all your daughter's hard work has earned her a trip to Essendon. Or you want to play for them. Maybe you just really want to join as a social member and get a coffee mug. 🙋🏼♀️☕
See the second panel for those details and give their new Instagram account a follow.
I bet you will recognise some of the names of the incredible players they have! 🏏👀
Tag someone who might want to play in the West (they even have a team in Williamstown) or send this to them via DM.
Finally, can I get a double tap ❤️ for reading this far. 🤣