Attendance? Superb. Television audiences? Huge (and captivated). But did the WBBL achieve its primary goal? According to the Sixers skipper, it smashed it for six.
Sydney Sixers WBBL|01 Captain Ellyse Perry believes the WBBL was successful with their major objective to establish a visible development pathway for young girls.
So many of the current crop of Australia’s leading female cricketers grew up having to play in Men’s competitions without understanding how far they could take the game. But now, with the burgeoning presence of the WBBL, that doesn’t have to be the case anymore.
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The overwhelming success of the tournament could prove to have an affect on the country, in particular young girls across Australia.
With a national average television audience of over 231,009 for ten games shown between Channel Ten and ONE and an attendance peak of over 14,000 (12,220 came to the SCG to see the Sixers vs the Sydney Thunder), the WBBL was undoubtedly a hit with the fans.
Perry spoke of the WBBL broadcast success saying, “It’s been an invaluable tool from that point of view and hopefully it’s something that continues to grow and grow.”
“We were really able to touch a lot of young girls and provide them with a visible example of a pathway to play for Australia,” said Perry.
After finishing runners-up in an all Sydney final in WBBL|01, Perry hopes moving forward that next season “can potentially be a little smoother” as she looks to re-sign for the Sixers for WBBL|02.
In the coming weeks she will be joined by her WBBL|01 teammates and Sydney Thunder players as they head to Dubai for a pre-season training camp. Find out more about the trip here.