Women’s cricket

Cricket. It’s a sport that needs no introduction. Iconic stadiums packed with passionate fans cheering for their favourite team… the entire atmosphere is filled with energy.

When we said “favourite team”, you most definitely pictured men. That’s just how the sports sector is and has been for a long time. But it is about to change. It’s not only about the guys, women are here too. In fact, have always been; they just never got the recognition they deserve.

Women and sports, especially cricket, go a long way back. The early years of women’s cricket can be traced back all the way to 26 July 1745 in England, which was when the first recorded match was played. In 1887, the first women’s cricket club was formed at Nun Appleton in Yorkshire, named the White Heather Club. After a successful start, the game started spreading to Australia. Lily Poulett-Harris was the path breaker for women’s cricket in Australia as she founded and captained the first women’s cricket team there. Steadily, the sport was becoming well-established and started going beyond Australian borders.

Apart from England and Australia, cricket was now being played regularly in countries such as New Zealand, West Indies, South Africa. In 1958, the International Women’s Cricket Council was established to coordinate women’s cricket. Today, a variety of competitions are held in women’s cricket; from ODIs and Tests to the World Cup. The first Women’s World Cup was held in England in 1973, with the latest being in 2017. Other than that, ODIs are regularly taking place, along with Test matches. Currently, Australia Women’s Tour of Caribbean 2019 is going on where the Australia Women will be taking on West Indies Women.

Women’s cricket is taking the world by storm. From its small beginnings in the 17-18th century to international tournaments in which various countries are actively participating in, women’s cricket has come a long way from where it had started. Except now, there’s only thing left to do.

We need to stop calling it ‘women’s cricket’.

We, as a society, should stop referring to anything that women do as ‘women’s’ this or ‘women’s’ that. Women aren’t playing a sport just because of their gender. They’re doing it because they want to. Cricket, or any other sport for that matter, is played for the game. It’s played for the passion and the love. It’s played for that feeling of utter euphoria you know so well.

Women have always been neglected in sports and there are still a lot of things to overcome such as gender bias, unequal pay, less opportunities etc. Although we’ve come far, the disparity still exists and it is our duty to ensure that starting today, all disparity, discrimination and bias is removed, not only from the sports industry but from society as a whole.

Royal Melbourne Show

Come September and you will see everyone walking hand in glove (literally) and sipping their pumpkin spice lattes but if you’re like us (don’t get us wrong, we love our lattes) you are most likely just counting down the days to one of the most awaited events in Australia, yes, The Royal Melbourne Show.

The Royal Melbourne Show was started in 1848 by the Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria. It is held annually; it starts from mid-September and goes on till early October. This year, it is being held from the 21st of September to the 1st of October. With tons and tons of attractions, there is no doubt that around half a million people are attracted to the Royal Melbourne Showgrounds (in the Ascot Vale suburb of Victoria, AUS), where it is held. Plus this year, they have changed things up and made the entire show even better (if that is even possible as it is already so good).

The modus operandi of the show is to put on display the rural industry and also organize competitions related to it. And by that we mean competitions such as the Alpaca Youth Parader’s Competition where participants lead alpacas through an obstacle course (yes). They have lots of animals; dogs, sheep, horses, goats etc. on the Showgrounds and yes, you can pet them. Or feed them.

(or run them through an obstacle course)

Animals are obviously one of the favourites of the event but there’s way more. Australia’s tradition has this concept of ‘showbags’; which are bags containing official merchandise of different enterprises such music, movies, sports, toys etc. With hundreds of showbags available at the venue, they are a major crowd-puller. Major, but not the only one. The RMS has a lot of said crowd-pullers. The rides are an iconic part of the event. With more than 60 rides for people of all ages, you are in for the ride of your life. Other than rides they have got a great deal of attractions. Live music, art & craft, magic shows, motocross stunt shows…the list is incalculable!

The Royal Melbourne Show stays true to its name. Royal. With so much of exuberance in the air, the Melbourne Showgrounds totally come to life during this time. Sounds exciting, doesn’t it? Believe us, it totally is and you, dear reader, can join in the fun too. Simply log on to Zoonga.com, book your tickets to The Royal Melbourne Show 2019 and have your #BigTicketExperience!