Cricket Victoria is pleased to announce that the female Under 18 Premier Competition will now be named the Marg Jennings Cup.
In addition, the Tier 2 Under 18 Premier Competition will be named the Anne Gordon Cup.
Watch an overview of the changes to the female Player Pathway Model
Over the past 18 months, Cricket Victoria has developed a new Player Pathway Model which – at the forefront – focuses on supporting and developing future Victorian and Australian cricketers.
This Under 18 Competition is a crucial step in the new Player Pathway Model and will assist in strengthening the connection between players and Premier Clubs.
Cricket Victoria see this step as a ‘finishing school’ and as a vehicle for selection into Cricket Victoria’s Emerging Player Programs.
The Marg Jennings Cup is named after a pioneer of women’s cricket in Victoria, Margaret Jennings.
Jennings proudly represented Victoria as a high-quality wicket keeper and opening batter. She played 8 Test Matches for Australia and in 1978, captained the country to their first ever World Cup victory.
Following her retirement as a player, Jennings continued to have an influence on women’s cricket, becoming a selector for both Victoria and Australia for a number of years.
Gordon grew up in Gippsland and represented Australia at Test and One-Day International level. She captained Australia against England in 1976 at the first women’s match held at Lords.
In addition, the player of the Marg Jennings Cup Final will be awarded the Raelee Thompson Medal and the Player of the Tournament will be awarded the Meg Lanning Medal.
Thompson played for Victoria and Australia, competing in 16 Tests and 23 One-Day International matches for her country.
The player of the Anne Gordon Cup final will be awarded the Dawn Rae Medal. Rae is also a former Victorian and Australian representative.
The Marg Jennings Cup and the Anne Gordon Cup will be held for the first time in January 2022.