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Cricket Trailblazers: Meet the ACT Tradies Meteors

Natasha Lorenz

HerCanberra has joined forces with the local women’s national representative cricket team, the Tradies Meteors, to share their inspirational stories and off-field journeys. Over the coming weeks you will discover how these dedicated sports women balance their professional careers with their commitment to Cricket Australia’s Women’s National Cricket League (WNCL). But to introduce the team Natasha Lorenz chats with Tradies Meteors Coach Andrew Dawson. 

For the Meteors, their media spotlight history has largely focused on the players’ batting and bowling achievements but underneath their helmets, leg pads and gloves are nurses, school teachers, doctors, physiotherapists, office managers, event managers, lifeguards, a horticulturalist, university students and even highschool students.

Coach Andrew Dawson believes these women should also be acknowledged for their daily personal successes and the impact they have on the wider community, describing his coaching experience with these incredible women as rather unique.

“You are dealing with very inquisitive minds, different minds and very strong and independent people,” he says.

“It is more challenging from a coach’s point of view but very refreshing.”

Dawson has had to adapt his coaching style to accommodate these remarkable women and their busy schedules.

“There are twenty people in the program, (which means) twenty individualised programs and to get the best possible result, well hopefully the best possible result out of them. It is understanding and having empathy for the players and their life outside of cricket.

“And also uderstanding that is my job to give them the best possible environment with what I can do, and if I have to be flexible with a training session then so be it.” Dawson says.

The Tradies Meteors are also working towards cricket glory.

A cardiologist by day and a passionate cricket player by night, Sara commutes to Canberra, Wagga Wagga and her home in Sydney, and will share her story with HerCanberra next week. 

A cardiologist by day and a passionate cricket player by night, Sara Hungerford commutes to Canberra, Wagga Wagga and her home in Sydney, and will share her story with HerCanberra next week.

With their upcoming season about to begin Australia, they will travel Australia to compete against New South Wales, Queensland, Western Australia, Victoria, Tasmania and South Australia.

But before they hit the pitch for training, the women will be sharing their stories and how they perform the magic balancing act of managing their professional careers while training, playing and representing their territory as the Tradies Meteors.

Natasha Lorenz

Natasha Lorenz graduated with a Sports Media degree from the University of Canberra in 2011, she is one unit away from completing her Masters in Arts (Journalism) from Charles Sturt University. She loves all sport and is looking forward to bringing you stories about inspirational sporting women from Canberra. More about the Author