The Gisborne and District Cricket Association is expanding its Renegades Girls Cricket League competition this season.

After running a program the past two seasons, with all players in the one competition and location, this season the association will run the program like its other competitions.

Clubs will field their own teams, instead of players being put into teams, and will have home and away matches.

Junior girls co-ordinator Angela Dempsey said the association was hoping to have three age groups, 11 and under, under-15s and under-18s, to give the girls the chance to develop against players their own age. They’ve only had interest to field teams in the lower two age groups.

She said at this stage, they were planning four teams in each competition, but said ideally they would have six.

Riddell, Woodend, Kyneton, Hanging Rock, Wallan and Bacchus Marsh are considering entering teams.

Dempsey said having all the games in the one location had affected participating with some people from Bacchus Marsh, Wallan and other outer areas not prepared to travel every week.

“This [new program] allows teams to develop a member base and makes it easier to campaign to get girls playing.”

The competition will run for five weeks starting in November, before finishing the season next year.

The under-15s will play finals. Games are all on Friday nights and this year the clubs will also hold training sessions for the girls.

All clubs are still looking for players.

Woodend Cricket Club is holding a come-and-try day on October 27 between 5.30-6.30pm at Gilbert Gordon Reserve.