One of the boys
‘I hope to play cricket at a high level for New South Wales or Australia, it would be a massive honour and a lot different to any representative cricket I have done.’
Lucie has always felt completely at ease playing in an all boys team. At five, she started playing mixed Milo In2Cricket and was the only girl in the group but this did not faze her. Lucie then entered the U8 division in the local Hornsby District Cricket Club. This is where she still plays today, in the U12 mixed competition for the Hornsby Ku-ring-gai and Hills District Cricket Association (HKHDCA), the sole girl among the boys in her division. Lucie’s special interest is wicket keeping. In one of the first matches of the 2014 PSSA season, Lucie took five wickets. The boys wildly congratulated her, earning the team’s respect, as a player, not as a girl. In addition, Lucie plays for the Northern Sydney Girls Cricket Association and has also filled in with the U17 Gordon Women’s team, playing in the Brewer Shield competition.
Is defining what sports boys and girls can play the first step in defining the social context of gender roles in children?