“Cricket needs more Katies!” – Doug Cowie
Women’s cricket is on the rise. Fast.
But with a rise in popularity comes the need for more women to get involved in the cricket community – especially in umpiring.
More people like former Cornwall representative Katie Hogue.
Hogue is about to embark on her second season as an Auckland affiliated umpire after calling time on her playing career.
“We need more women umpires and it doesn’t even matter if you haven’t played. There’s a huge opportunity to learn and grow within the umpiring community,” says Hogue.
“It’s important to have umpires who are not former players or recognised players. I think diversity is important.”
Last year was Hogue’s first full season umpiring and while nervous first up, she says you quickly realise it’s the best seat in the house.
“I had been playing when Umpire Administrator Doug Cowie came in to talk to the players about umpiring and he suggested I should come along to the umpiring meeting,” she says.
“I saw that Doug was very passionate about not only umpiring, but getting women into umpiring so I wanted to capitalise on that opportunity.”
“Cricket needs more Katies!” Says Cowie.
“Katie is an example of how someone can pick it up quickly and be umpiring regularly in a short time,” he says.
“Her enthusiasm and open mind meant she could get on with it and I genuinely feel there is no limit to where she can take it.”
As the women’s game continues to rise, so too should our female umpiring numbers.
UPCOMING UMPIRE COURSES:
BERT SUTCLIFFE LOUNGE – EDEN PARK
6.00 – 7.30 pm:
– Monday, August 6th
– Monday, August 20th (special women’s course)
– First Monday of Sept. Oct. Nov.
Phone: 0210 299 6872