Former Australian World Cup cricketer Margaret Jennings, Ellyse Perry of Australia and junior fan Annabel Archer pose for a photograph with the ICC World Cup, Ashes and ICC T20 trophies.
Members of the 1973 Australia Women’s team came together at the CitiPower Centre at Junction Oval during the Women’s ODI between Australia and the West Indies on 12 October to celebrate the 50th anniversary of cricket’s first World Cup.
The 1973 Women’s World Cup took place in England two years before the men’s equivalent. The Australian team featuring some of the game’s most famous names finished second in the round-robin tournament behind England.
“The greatness of the current Australian Women’s team is built on the legacy created by those who came before," said ACA CEO, Todd Greenberg.
"This is why events such as this linking the greats from the past - in this case the 1973 Women’s World Cup team - with the players of today, as well as those among the many watching who will be the players of the future, are so important,” he said. “All of these players are a part of the thread that runs through the storied history of Australian cricket, and we are proud to join with Cricket Australia in recognising and celebrating them.”
10 of the 11 surviving members of the 1973 Australian women’s team were at the Junction Oval to celebrate the 50th anniversary, reliving great moments and taking part in a special presentation honouring their significant role in Australian cricket history.
The presence of the 1973 Women’s World Cup team was the feature of a special game-day event that brought together inspirational female players, media figures and government and business leaders to celebrate ‘The Unstoppable Momentum of Women’s Sport’.
CA Chief Executive, Nick Hockley said his organisation was proud to partner with the ACA to honour the team.
“We are delighted to host the 1973 Women’s World Cup team at the Junction Oval and celebrate the 50th anniversary of a momentous occasion for cricket,” he said.
“This team not only contained many amazing and iconic players; their skill and determination forged the way for the world champion Australian team of today.
Australia’s 1973 Women’s World Cup players taking part in the event were: Sharon Tredrea, Tina Macpherson, Raelee Thompson, Margaret Jennings, Dawn Rae, Miriam Knee, Anne Gordon, Lorraine Hill, Patsy Fayne, Bev Wilson, and Jackie Potter.