Australian women’s cricket has missed a trick

Paul Roach Roar Guru

By Paul Roach, Paul Roach is a Roar Guru


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    I learned something today. The Australian women’s cricket team was, hitherto, not actually known as The Australian Women’s Cricket Team.

    Was it just me? Sure, I knew of our world-conquering, willow-waving lasses as the Southern Stars, but I had simply presumed that, in the same way that the Australian women’s hockey team is known as the Hockeyroos, for example, and the Australian women’s basketball team is known as the Opals – and so on – that being the Australian Women’s Cricket team was the pre-existing starting point.

    I thought the clever people in the marketing department at Jolimont had devised a catchy moniker to go with it that had then fallen into common usage.

    Well, today has made apparent that was indeed not the case. Certainly if the rejoicing by greats such as Lisa Sthalekar and Alex Blackwell at today’s official announcement is anything to go by, it is, in fact, quite a big deal that the Southern Stars will henceforth be officially known and referred to as the Australian Women’s Cricket Team.

    But here’s the thing. For mine, Australian women’s cricket missed an opportunity. They missed an opportunity to highlight that they were ahead of the men, that they were already ahead of the game, being the national cricket team that actually had a moniker.

    Was there perhaps an opportunity for the girls to say ‘hey boys, catch up with us and get yourself a moniker!’?

    Instead, it has been framed as the girls ‘catching up’ and now becoming ‘equal’.

    At a time when women’s sport is at the forefront of our minds, I think it would have been a great opportunity to show how far the team has come.

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    The Crowd Says (4)

    • June 8th 2017 @ 6:16am
      Baz said | June 8th 2017 @ 6:16am | ! Report

      i did think that the southern stars was a cool team name. I knew it refered to the womens team.
      In basketball they have the opals and the boomers both cool names.

      but hope they kick butt stil

    • Roar Guru

      June 8th 2017 @ 9:09am
      Wayne said | June 8th 2017 @ 9:09am | ! Report

      At least the media will get their name right.

      The media reporting on the hockey regularly confuse the Kookaburra (Men) and Hockeyroos (Women). Even at tournaments we’re only the one gender team is playing (rare that Men and Women play at same time (only Olympics/Comm Games)

    • Roar Rookie

      June 8th 2017 @ 12:51pm
      Dan Helson said | June 8th 2017 @ 12:51pm | ! Report

      Realistically, does it matter what they were called? Everyone knew the Southern Stars were the Australian Women’s Cricketing team and the success they have had under that name will mean that anyone who talks about them will use the Southern Star’s reference anyway.

    • Roar Guru

      June 8th 2017 @ 11:11pm
      Pom in Oz said | June 8th 2017 @ 11:11pm | ! Report

      Don’t get this…the men are the Baggy Greens!

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