Kass Naidoo

Boucher's bum a major drawcard

2007-02-14 12:57

Kass Naidoo

I'm thrilled about the growing number of women and children that have flocked to the cricket this season, even to Test matches.

Interviewed on TV, one young woman said she came to watch because she loved the game, her friend came for a tan, and another wanted to see "Boucher's bum".

The bottom line is that the gentleman's game is opening up to a whole new audience, and new fans are popping up everywhere.

Nearly three months ago, organisers rolled out the green carpet for the start of what has turned out to be a glorious summer of international cricket.

The Proteas have turned on the style at home, and wowed their fans with nail-biting back-to-back Test series wins, and an ODI series victory against India.

The chance of beating Pakistan looms this afternoon, to make it a clean sweep of series wins this season. Fans are getting their money's worth, and are loving every minute of it!

Honoured

Behind these successes, an army of women busy themselves in ensuring that everything runs as smooth as a Swiss watch.

On Monday, the many women who make the cricket season happen were honoured at a lunch hosted by the Proteas' ODI team sponsor, Standard Bank.

We take for granted that the national anthems will be sung on time at 09:45, the match will automatically start at 10:00, and so on. A host of women play key roles in ensuring that each minute detail is carefully planned, and perfectly executed.

On match day, CSA's Ros Goldin and Colleen Venning ensure that the guard of honour escort players on the field for the anthems, that the flag bearers are comfortable walking out in front of 15 000 spectators, that the post match presentation is ready to go live to the world, and that's just the easy stuff.

Up in the media centre, South Africa's most syndicated cricket correspondent Jane Bramley settles down to write her first report of the day.

SuperSport success

TV producer Keletso Totlhanyo is busy preparing the day's running order, commissioning player interviews, and speaking to international TV networks, informing them of the plan for the day's live broadcast.

Maybe the best example of how women have impacted the game is the success that SuperSport Park has become as an international cricket venue.

The Union boasts SA's only woman CEO in Elize Lombard, and her keen business acumen has packed the stands. There is an alcohol-free family zone, special activities for children, beautiful grass banks to tan and much more.

As our home season comes to an end, it's fitting to pay tribute to the women who have made cricket happen for years, and to welcome those who arrive for their first experience.

  • Kass Naidoo is editor of gsport... for Girls!

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