TIO SIGNS ON AS NAMING RIGHTS PARTNER FOR STRIKE LEAGUE
Northern Territory Cricket is delighted to announce that TIO, the Territory’s local insurer for over 40 years, has signed on as the naming rights partner of the 2019 TIO Strike League.
As part of the agreement with NT Cricket, TIO’s naming rights will cover the TIO Junior Strike League (7 – 12 July), TIO Women’s Strike League (27 July – 2 August) and TIO Men’s Strike League commencing (4-25 August).
Commenting on the partnership announcement NT Cricket CEO Joel Morrison said:
“We’re delighted to welcome TIO to the NT Cricket family. TIO’s strength as an organisation lies in their understanding of the local community and they well and truly understand the significant potential for the TIO Strike League to become a major Territory event.
Speaking on the new partnership, TIO CEO Daryl Madden said:
"TIO is excited to partner with NT Strike League for the first time", Mr. Madden said.
"Cricket under Joel Morrison is expanding and doing great things in the community, particularly in the case of the TIO Strike League, across various age levels, and gender.
"The all important pathway to elite cricket for aspiring Territorian cricketers is amplified via the expansion of the TIO Strike league and we are pleased our investment will directly support this.
"TIO is proud to support local initiatives, particularly those that allow greater accessibility for women and emerging youngsters.
"We are really looking forward to the TIO Women's and Junior Strike League's next month".
TIO WOMEN'S STRIKE LEAGUE
Hot on the heels of the announcement that the Hobart Hurricanes BBL and Tasmanian men’s teams will tour the Top End in August, as well as the news that TIO have signed on naming rights partner, NT Cricket have secured yet another major coup.
The Hobart Hurricanes WBBL team will join the TIO Women’s Strike League from 2019, becoming the competition’s third team. The Hurricanes women’s team will take on local Territory teams the Northern Tide and Desert Blaze in a T20 competition running from 27 July to 2 August.
Coinciding with the TIO Women’s Strike League, the Tasmanian women’s and ACT women’s professional cricket teams will also tour the Top End in late July and conduct training camps along with a series of 50 overs matches ahead of the 2019 Women’s National Cricket League commencing.
All Tasmanian and ACT players in Darwin for the tour will take part in the TIO Women’s Strike League, playing alongside the Territory top women’s players within one of the three teams competing in the competition.
This groundbreaking initiative is part of NT Cricket’s strategy to position Darwin as a winter playing and training hub for cricket, in turn showcasing the Territory and all that the north has to offer, as well as providing greater opportunities for local cricketers, coaches and umpires.
Speaking on the growth of the TIO Women's Strike League, NT Cricket CEO Joel Morrison said:
“In just two short years the TIO Strike League has put the national and international cricketing spotlight on the Territory, with the inclusion of the Hurricanes BBL and WBBL teams in 2019 set to take the event to the next level.
“Cricket is a sport for all, so we’re thrilled we’ve been able to partner with Cricket Tasmania and Cricket ACT to create a TIO Women’s Strike League competition that replicates the highly successfully TIO Men’s Strike League.
“Our top women’s and men’s amateur players now have the ability to take on some of the best professional cricketers in the world in their own backyard, a unique opportunity that doesn’t exist anywhere else.”
WITHDRAWAL FROM AUSTRALIAN COUNTRY CRICKET CHAMPIONSHIPS
The entry entry of the NT Women’s team into the Australian Country Cricket Championships (ACCC) three years ago was a positive initiative for women’s cricket in the Territory. It was a major commitment to, and investment in, the women’s game in the Territory from NT Cricket, providing an opportunity for our best players to compete in a national championship, an opportunity for our up-and-coming young players to develop, and a regular opportunity for women playing cricket in the Territory to work towards selection and aspire to achieve representative honours.
In this regard, the NT Women’s team playing in the ACCC was very important as it helped to fill a big void in the women’s game in the Territory. Simultaneously, this initiative provided an opportunity for women and girls in the Top End to play in a women’s competition rather than only in mixed gender (but predominantly male) teams in DDCC junior and senior cricket, it provided the only pathway for aspiring junior girls wanting to develop and pursue a career in cricket, as well as providing an opportunity for senior women’s players across the Territory to go on an annual cricket tour.
Since we entered our first team into the ACCC three years ago however, the women’s game in the Territory has rapidly developed, particularly so over the last twelve months. From a participation perspective, we now have a women’s club competition running in Darwin and Alice Springs, supported in the Top End by women’s indoor cricket competitions established recently in Palmerston.
From a Statewide Super Player Pathway perspective we now have underage academies for junior girls in Darwin with a junior academy for girls also set to roll out in Alice Springs ahead of the 2019/20 ASCA season; the new TIO Junior Strike League competition which will take place in July (providing opportunities for our best junior boys and girls from across the Territory); the TIO Women’s Strike League competition which has been resourced more extensively in 2019 to cater for the inclusion of players from Alice Springs; and the U18s NT Women’s team which competed in CA’s U18s national championships for the first time in early 2019.
In light of the rapid expansion of the structure and programs to support the development of the women’s game in the Territory, and following extensive consultation with NT Cricket’s Women’s Committee and Pathways Working Group, NT Cricket has made the decision to withdraw the NT Women’s team from the ACCC in order to invest significant resources into the growth of the TIO Women’s Strike League. This decision has resulted in the Hobart Hurricanes WBBL team entering the competition, along with securing pre-season tours in Darwin from Tasmania’s and the ACT’s women’s teams.
This see two NT Strike League teams (Northern Tide and Desert Blaze) take on the Hobart Hurricanes in a T20 competition staged during the last week of July, with our best Darwin and Alice Springs women’s players joining ACT players in Darwin for their pre-season camp in making up the Blaze and Tide squads. Outside of the TIO Women’s Strike League competition, Tasmania and the ACT will play each other in a series of 50 over matches, with a view towards this becoming a tri-series involving the NT in future years as soon as our women’s team is strong enough to be competitive against a professional women’s team. This would mirror the opportunity available to the NT Men’s team who will play against Tasmania in two one day matches in August.
While the decision to withdraw the NT Women’s team from the ACCC was an incredibly difficult one, NT Cricket (supported by the unanimous support of the Women’s Committee and Pathways Committee) firmly believes using the funds previously committed to the ACCC opportunity are better utilised to take advantage of the opportunity the TIO Women’s Strike League presents. It is our view that this approach will provide far greater opportunities for women’s players in the Territory moving forward, supported by the stronger structures and programs now in place across the board to support women’s cricket at all levels, with a very clear plan in place to re-establish a senior NT Women’s team as soon as we have sufficient depth of talent.
TIO JUNIOR STRIKE LEAGUE
Teams have been set for the 2019 TIO Junior Strike League with four interstate teams joining our two Darwin based and one Alice Springs based teams to make a seven team competition commencing next Sunday 7 July.
Information on the competition, including teams, fixtures and photos will be posted on the NT Cricket Facebook page and website.
STATEWIDE SUPER PLAYER PATHWAY ACADEMIES
It is great to see so many Statewide Super Pathway Academy
players selected in TIO Junior Strike League
teams. We are conscious that the TIO Junior Strike League
commences on 7 July and with a tough six days of cricket against quality opposition we will take this into consideration regarding training for the next few weeks.
NOTE: Academy training next week has been moved to Tuesday 2 July from 4.30pm - 6.30pm, due to Monday 1 July being Territory Day and family commitments.
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