Former Australian cricketer arrives for Pacific Games Preparation

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Joanne Broadbent, a former Australian Test Cricketer and current New South Wales Women’s Coach has arrived in PNG to boost the Preparations for the women’s team in the lead up to the Pacific Games.

As part of her visit here, she will assist in preparations for the National Regional Women’s Championships that will take place here in the Nation’s Capital come Friday.

Broadbent was also on tour with the Pacific MMI PNG Lewa’s in Japan last year when they became champions of East Asia Pacific and has stated that seeing the team win the tournament proves their level of cricket has improved over the last 3 years.

“The Women’s Team have been in good form since their last tour in Japan during the EAP Women’s Tournament and I am excited to be working closely with the National Women’s Coach,” Broadbent said.

“This year will be exciting times for PNG Cricket especially with the upcoming Pacific Games and my role is to assist especially the women in maintaining their fitness levels during theses matches. I believe that the fitter a player is the better they will perform during the event.”

The National Women’s Championships to be held from the 17th -19th April, is an event that will be utilised for talent identification for players for future cricket national representation including the Pacific Games in July.

Cricket PNG General Manager Greg Campbell said that “We (CPNG) are delighted to once again welcome Joanne to Papua New Guinea to work with some of our most talented cricketers in the country. 

“To have someone of Joanne’s experience as both an international player and hugely successful coach will be of great benefit to our players as they look towards a strong performance at the Pacific Games,” Campbell said

 “Joanne’s passion for PNG cricket and the talent that we have on our doorstep is very exciting for us and we are sure that her influence will assist our women to take the next step in the world of cricket.”

Broadbent played 10 test matches and 60 One Day International’s (ODI’s) for Australia. She was an all-rounder whose career highlight was a score of 200 against England.

She has done significant work with talented girls from PNG previously having hosted them in Australia in matches against Australian state sides; she made a talent ID trip to PNG two years ago and was also the assistant coach for the Pacific MMI PNG Lewa’s when they won last year’s ICC East Asia-Pacific Women’s Trophy.

Since 2012 she has been the coach of the New South Wales Breakers in Australia.