Ghosts graduates to face off in WBBL opening clash

Face off: Former Campbelltown-Camden Ghosts players Jodie Hicks (left) and Belinda Vakarewa will face off in the Big Bash this weekend. Pictures: Chris Lane, Sydney Thunder
Face off: Former Campbelltown-Camden Ghosts players Jodie Hicks (left) and Belinda Vakarewa will face off in the Big Bash this weekend. Pictures: Chris Lane, Sydney Thunder

When the Women’s Big Bash League kicks off this weekend there will be a distinct Macarthur flavour to the proceedings.

Former Campbelltown-Camden Ghosts player Jodie Hicks and current representative Belinda Vakarewa will face off when the Sydney Sixers and Sydney Thunder go head-to-head at North Sydney Oval on Saturday.

Vakarewa was born and raised in Eagle Vale, while Hay local Hicks enjoyed a stint with the Macarthur team before signing with the Sixers.

Hicks said it was always great to play at North Sydney Oval.

“The atmosphere will be great and it’s always a good time playing the Thunder,” she said. “Everyone should come on down and watch the game. It will be competitive and a great day.”

Nineteen-year-old Vakarewa said she was glad women’s sport was growing in prominence and looked forward to the Thunder bringing home the trophy at the end of the season.

Hicks, an all-rounder, said she had been focussing on her batting a lot lately.

“I definitely feel more in touch with the bat,” she said.

“That’s been my focus and something I hope to improve on even more.”

Jodie Hicks in her GWS Giants gear. Picture: Chris Lane

Jodie Hicks in her GWS Giants gear. Picture: Chris Lane

The 20-year-old is also in the throes of a different type of training – Aussie Rules.

Hicks was the number one draft pick for the Greater Western Sydney Giants women’s AFL team this year.

She said it was wonderful to be able to chase her passion for both sports.

Hicks encouraged other young girls to follow their dreams.

“Don’t let anyone tell you you can’t do both,” she said.

“Keep at it, and always have fun with what you’re doing.”