It has been just over a week since Australia were named ICC T20 Women’s World Cup champions after defeating India in the final by 85 runs in front of 86,174 fans at the MCG.
The last two years have heralded in the greatest revolution that has ever struck Australian sport.
This article is about four Australian teams that have changed how we look at our sporting sides.
For this, we have to thank Fox Sports for making a big deal of women’s sport. When you add the start of the AFLW – and now the NRLW – the trajectory of women’s sport is up, up and away.
These teams are no flashes in the pan and they have been strong for some time.
But with sensible administration and a core of seasoned internationals have catapulted them to the elite few in the world.
Their world dominance is not new. Even though the unbeatable two is now three, the Diamonds have not let their crown slip.
After a shock loss at the Commonwealth Games, they got up and dusted themselves off and started winning again.
With access to huge playing numbers, there seems to be an unlimited conveyer belt of world-class players.
Our women’s cricket team has excelled in all formats of the game. With such stars as Ellyse Perry, Alyssa Healy and Meg Lanning as well as the young core of young up-and-comers, this team has talent, behaviour and an approach to the right way to play the game.
The sky is the limit and for the spectator, the games are fun, more muscular and aggressive and exciting to watch.
With past role models like Lauren Jackson and Penny Taylor, the Opals are on the crest of a wave and have hopes to reach greater heights at this year’s world championship.
With an all-star coach in Sandy Brondello and a world beater like Liz Cambage, their expectations are not fanciful. Now ranked four in the world, a medal is a distinct possibility.
To be a world champion team you need superstars. We have one of the very best in Sam Kerr and a brilliant coach Alan Stajcic.
They have the talent to beat the unbeatable USA. Their brand of football is different to watch and these women are fast. They play the game at pace that is at times breathtaking.
This speed not only is an asset in attack it is telling in defence when more skilful players may have to beat the same player more than once because the defender turns around, chases and engages again.
Come next years World Cup in France, I will be watching as keenly as I did at the last year’s men’s World Cup.