The Murdoch University Cricket Grounds officially opened on Friday November 11 prior to the Women’s National Cricket League (WNCL) T20 match between the Western Fury and the Commonwealth Bank VicSpirit.
The WACA entered into a partnership with Murdoch University earlier this year to provide alternate practice facilities for its representative teams.
Two ovals have been constructed at Murdoch University’s South Street campus on a greenfield site under the watchful eye of WACA curator Rohan Mathews. The venue will host matches such as WNCL, Futures League and other representative fixtures.
WACA Chief Executive Officer Graeme Wood said the new facilities would create great opportunities for the WACA and Murdoch.
“It certainly ticks all the boxes, from community cricket to getting a University side up and running, as well as being a first class venue that the WACA can use,” Mr Wood said.
“We have spent a significant amount of money on it, so we see it has a huge long-term investment for us and we will do whatever we can to make it an outstanding facility.”
Murdoch Pro Vice Chancellor, Professor Andrew Taggart, said the facilities would not only provide students with much needed high quality playing fields maintained to national standards, but it would ensure that cricket for both men and women will flourish at Murdoch University.
“Murdoch is delighted to be partnering with the WACA on the development of sporting facilities at the South Street campus,” Professor Taggart said.
“The provision of high quality facilities will enhance the Murdoch teaching programs in sport science and physical education and will encourage both local and international students to consider Murdoch for their studies.”
Graeme Wood, WACA Cricket Manager Andrew Scotford and Professor Andrew Taggart officially opened the cricket grounds.