With the aim of empowering female cricketers across the country, the Trophy Stall Female Cricket Club will stage an all-female softball tournament in September and October, with the format being a Major and Minor League.
During an exclusive interview with this publication on Friday afternoon, Abiola Allen, the Public Relations Officer of the competition, said that for far too long the female players have taken a back seat to their male counterparts, and the upcoming tournament is geared to highlight the talents that exist on the distaff side.
“Time and time again the women who play cricket, we feel sometimes we’re not given enough recognition because there is a lot of emphasis being placed on the males. It there’s a tournament, if we’re not directly involved, most times we’re called to play exhibition matches. We just want to show people that we have more to offer and there’s a wide range of females who want to play,” Allen explained.
According to Allen, the Major League will involve rivalry among the six main female teams: Trophy Stall Angels, Mike’s Wellwoman, Blue Divas, Karibee Strikers, 4R Lioness and Regal Champs.
The Minor League, which will target teams in Georgetown, East Coast, West Coast and East Bank Demerara, will consist of corporate and even family teams.
“We want the females to know that they can take off their high heels and they put down the pens and come out and have fun; let’s see the other side of you,” Allen remarked.
Teams interested in competing in the tournament will have to pay an entrance fee of $15,000 with the winners of both Major and Minor League receiving $200,000 each as the first prize.
The runner-up for both categories will receive $100,000, while the third place finisher will pocket $75,000.
According to Allen, registration forms and the list of rules and code of conduct governing the competition can be uplifted at all Trophy Stall outlets in Georgetown, while those will be made available in the other areas- East Coast, West Coast and East Bank Demerara- during the coming weeks.
The tournament, which will bowl off on September 6 and conclude on October 26, will have its official launch in August 24 where additional information will be made available to the public.
Registration can be done by contacting Lyndon Wilson on 697-4257, Abena Parker on 698-4651, Amanda Roberts on 602-6520, Theodore DeMonick on 694-5092, Vashtie Lalbachand on 689-0316 or Allen on 669-8062.