Library Hosts Yenda Sporting Hero

Written by: The Griffith Phoenix


Yenda cricket hero, Alex Blackwell visits Griffith City Library on Tuesday, July 12.

Griffith City Library will host Yenda's local sporting hero, Alex Blackwell in conversation with Megan Maurice on Tuesday, July 12 at 6pm.

Blackwell will discuss her book Fair Game, which provides a rare insight into life - the highs and lows - in Australia’s most loved sporting team.

She lived and breathed cricket for 30 years and captained the Australian Women’s Cricket Team through World Cup and Ashes victories.

Her career started as a child right here in the Riverina where she spent her childhood and teen years playing and competing with her identical twin, Kate, who was equally devoted to the bat and ball.

Blackwell consolidated a spot on the national side and eventually rose to the captaincy, notching up an eye-watering list of sporting achievements and earning a name as one of the greats of the game. Life off-field brought its own challenges.

From her professional debut, Blackwell was unafraid to call out hypocrisy and go into battle against the traditional hierarchies of the game.

Acting Griffith City Library Manager, Rina Cannon said Fair Game was Blackwell’s unflinching account of life in Australia’s most loved sporting team.

“We are so excited to be welcoming Alex home to share her story through Fair Game,” Ms Cannon said.

“This is a free event and everyone is welcome to attend.

“You will not want to miss this open discussion with Alex and Megan, and learn more about the extreme dedication and skill it takes to be the best, but also how it feels to be on the outer.

“This is a not to be missed event.”

Drinks and nibbles will provide on the evening including Yenda Beer and Yarran Wines - bookings are essential and can be made online at or by dropping into the library.

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