When the MCC set about creating the first-ever female cricket team in the club’s 173-year history, the task list was lengthy.
First cab off the rank, though, was to identify a capable co-ordinator with experience and a working knowledge of the women’s game to lead the way. Enter Marcella Torre.
Marcella, a former left-arm orthodox bowler good enough to play nine games for Victoria in the late-nineties, has spent the last five years as Cricket Victoria’s cricket operations manager.
Her experience in charge of the female high performance program, including team manager of the VicSpirit outfit, leaves her ideally placed to advise on how best to advance the MCC’s plans.
“We are building a team from the ground up and creating our own history,” she says passionately.
“The MCC is not interested in simply poaching players from other clubs to make a team, as that will not help grow the game.”
She has wasted no time in her pursuit of everything needed to have the red and blue on the field next summer. But where to begin?
First step is securing a coach, with several names already on a short list for discussion in the months ahead. Then comes the unenviable task of attracting enough players of a suitable standard to make for a competitive team, initially in the VWCA second division and ultimately the top grade.
“We believe there are some quality players out there who are not already aligned to a club, particularly in the 15-18 age group,” she says. “Hopefully the MCC’s history and reputation in cricket will be an attractive proposition for budding players.”
“We are determined to make a significant contribution to developing women’s cricket and having a team in elite competition is one of the core elements,” says MCC Premier Cricket chairman Michael Sholly.
“Marcella’s knowledge of the women’s cricket system and her passion for the game will prove invaluable during this process.”
MCC members who either wish to play or know others who are potential players at club level are encouraged to contact Marcella Torre on 0419 272 675.