Here at Good Sports, we are lucky to have so many incredible people from all walks of life with the common passion of community sports working with us. One of these people is Molly Strano, a 23 year old spin bowler for the women’s Melbourne Renegades squad. We sat down and had a chat with Molly about her cricket career, her experiences with Good Sports from a behind the scenes and on the ground perspective, as well as her ultimate career goals of being a sports manager.
When did you start playing cricket?
I’ve been playing ever since I was young. I started out playing in Milo Have-A-Go when I was about 5 or 6 with my brother and have continued playing ever since.
Batter or bowler?
I’m a bowler, but I’d like to classify myself as an all-rounder – I’m trying to get a bit better with the bat! So, watch this space: bowler soon to be an all-rounder hopefully!
How do you manage your time between your demanding cricket schedule, your day job and just having fun?
I carry a diary and a pencil case around – I’m pretty old school! At the moment, we’re in preseason, so training is pretty hectic. I’m training Monday and Wednesday nights, and Tuesday and Thursday mornings, as well as working two jobs. I just try to juggle my time and commitments accordingly, but when it gets to the weekend I’m pretty tired. It’s all worth in the end though – I love what I do, so it doesn’t seem like hard work to me. I love working at the ADF and how they’re really flexible and so willing to work around my cricket schedule.
What are your ultimate goals on the field?
I’d love to play for Australia but that’s probably a bit out of reach. I had a pretty bad injury last summer where I missed a fair bit of cricket. I want to have a really good domestic season this year with Victoria and the Melbourne Renegades and then throw my name up for Aussie honours – if it comes, comes; if it doesn’t, it doesn’t.
How would you love to see women’s cricket in Australia develop through the course of your career?
What I would love to see for the sport is for it to become fully professional like the men, where we can dedicate more time to training during the day and hone in on our skills, and allowing us to be full time athletes. I’ve only been in the first class system in the last four years and already it has changed so much – there are games now that are televised on Channel 10 and we’re playing on the MCG. When I first started playing, we didn’t have any of that.
As an athlete who has come up playing in community clubs, what do you think the benefits of Good Sports and Good Sports Junior are for clubs and players in Australia?
The benefits of Good Sports for clubs and players are massive. My club is a Good Sports club and the program is so important at a grassroots level. It’s where kids learn about alcohol and drugs, and enables others to set a good example for the younger players. By creating a good culture, you can lead kids down the right track.