Shania steps up to captain Research Eltham Collegians

Saturday, October 5, 2019

Research Eltham Collegians will set a new milestone this season with 18 year old Shania John to become the first female to captain a men's team in the 70 plus year history of the Diamond Valley Cricket Association.

John will captain the men's sixth XI side this season and is happy to be a role model for younger girls coming through at Research Eltham Collegians.

“I’m pretty excited about this season. We’re all cricketers at the end of the day and I’m grateful that the Club has given me this opportunity to lead a team in the men’s competition,” John said.

“I know there are plenty of young women out there who have grown up playing with the boys and I guess I’m proof that you can lead any team and achieve what you set your sights on this game.”

John is also the DVCA Girls Cricket Coordinator and is hoping to develop and grow the DVCA Girls Competition this season.

President of Research-Eltham CC Brad Purvis said the decision was positive step for the club and the competition broadly.

“Research Eltham Collegians Cricket Club is a leader in the development of girls and women within the DVCA.” President Brad Purvis said. “We need to ensure that our Club continues to attract and develop girls and women who wish to play local club cricket and we are fast becoming a destination and club of choice for girls and women “

John will make her captaincy debut when the lower grades start next Saturday 12 October 2019.

Credit: Cricket Victoria for article and photo