Breakers fired up for Western Australia

NATIONAL women's cricket returns to Rooty Hill this weekend when the NSW Breakers take on Western Australia in the Twenty-20 and limited over formats.

The action begins at Blacktown International Sportspark on Friday with a Twenty-20 match, followed by a 50-overs match on Saturday and a second Twenty-20 game on Sunday.

As reigning 50-overs champions, the Breakers remain undefeated this season with six wins from as many games.

"It's always a privilege to wear the sky blue and all of the girls are excited about coming back out to Blacktown," Breakers veteran Lisa Sthalekar told the Star.

She has respect for their opponents who have had success under former Breakers coach Steve Jenkin.

"Western Australia will be strong opponents as they caused a few upsets already," she said.

"We'll be challenged a number of times this weekend.

"I was 15 when I was first coached by Steve at junior level.

"He's coached most of the players in the squad.

"He has a good understanding of our game but he hasn't seen us play for a while.

"It will be good to catch up with him."

Sthalekar acknowledged the venue isn't easy for fans to get to but assured the trip will be worth it.

"If you haven't seen women's cricket, you'll be pleasantly surprised of the standard, power and execution of how we play," she said.

"The future of women's cricket is exciting.

"There's been more media interest on the domestic scene since the Australian women recently won the Twenty-20 World Cup.

"Participation numbers are increasing and we're getting more television coverage.

"NSW has eight or nine Australian players in the squad."

Sthalekar also works for Cricket NSW and is coaching the NSW under-15 girls' team for next week's national titles.

Games will be played in western Sydney, including Blacktown International Sportspark.

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