Cricket Tasmania has released its report into the female Premier League competition.
 
Introduced in the summer of 2009-10, women’s Premier Cricket in Tasmania has gone through significant growth and evolution. With ten years of the competition complete, Cricket Tasmania commissioned an independent review into the program to ascertain if it is still fulfilling its intended vision.
 
Former Australian cricketer and proud Tasmanian Kristen Beams undertook the review following the 2019-20 season. Beams was born in Launceston and was forced to play senior men’s cricket before moving to Victoria to continue her playing career. She has been able to objectively assess the Tasmanian program in consultation with CTPL players, coaches, club administrators, parents and Cricket Tasmania staff.
 
While the number of women and girls playing cricket in Tasmania is increasing, the review identified some key issues in the women’s CTPL program and formed recommendations to enhance the program into the future.
 
Key findings:

  • The program structure doesn’t provide for a good level of competition through trying to cater for all levels of ability in one grade competition (players are unable to participate at their skill level - State players competing against first-time players).
  • Tasmania has too many teams in the highest grade (Tasmania has more first grade teams than any other jurisdiction).
  • There were not enough players to satisfy the number of teams (40% of players play in both first and development grade).

The report and recommendations have been endorsed by the Cricket Tasmania Premier League Committee and all clubs.
 
Key recommendations are:

  • Reduce the number of first grade women’s CTPL teams to four (from ten), including the Greater Northern Raiders and three southern clubs to be identified through an application process.
  • Introduce a second grade competition to create a pathway to first grade – all CTPL clubs are able to enter a team in this grade.
  • Club Championship points removed from CTPL Female Competitions.
  • Introduce a new community cricket underage competition.
Cricket Tasmania Chief Executive Dominic Baker said that the review made it clear that some changes need to be made in the competition.
 

“We have to ensure that we’re providing the best opportunities for all our female players, and while it might seem counter-intuitive to do that by reducing the number of first grade teams we know this puts us on the right path”, said Baker. “The concept of a pathway is that there are steps in the quality of competition for you to take as your skill and proficiency grows, and unfortunately that’s not what our players are working with at the moment.”
 
“We expect to see some movement of players among CTPL clubs once we know which teams will be playing in the female first grade, which paves the way for new players to come into the system to compete in the second grade competition.”
 
“I’m really excited that we’re setting women’s cricket up to succeed into the future, and create a strong pathway to inspire our players to one day play for Australia.”
 
Review author Kristen Beams said it was important that players were the focal point of the process.
 
“It’s great to have been a part of a review that has put players at the centre of decision making,” said Beams. “It’s clear that the recommendations reflect this concept.”
 
“The CTPL plays an important role in the state’s pathway that sees local players represent Tasmania”.
 
“The key to success with this review is the collaboration. I’m grateful for the feedback from our stakeholders who have influenced the positive changes I know Cricket Tasmania will implement.”