CARL & SONS FEMALE CRICKET TEAM
In June 2001 a group of ladies, mostly over the age of 35, came together and decided to form
the first female cricket team on Dutch St. Maarten. Cricket was not new to them, since most
of the women hailed from the surrounding Caribbean islands. However, none of them had the
experience of playing the game. Many thought that the game was much too challenging for women
but these ladies proved everyone wrong because after 4 years the team is stronger than ever and
is a force to be reckoned with.
The ladies received much support from some in the business community, financially and otherwise,
to get them started. Dennis Hanley and Mervin Hendrickson came to their aid and volunteered to
be the coaches until they got on their feet.
The team started practicing vigorously and took on the female team from the French side of the
island and also had some friendly encounters with male teams, who taught them a lesson or two.
They took their beatings and it was not long before the team started winning their games.
After only six months the team competed in their first international game when they played in
St. Kitts and came 3rd among 6 teams from the surrounding islands. That was a real boost for
From then on the team continued to compete locally as well as internationally and has been
setting the trend for the upcoming teams. The team tries to uphold good standards.
The requirements are to be disciplined, committed, consistent, honest and hard working.
Players have come and gone during the past 5 years.
Presently the team has 19 players;
Dian Jean Charles,
Francine Ettien, and
The board consists of:
President - Joyce Prince
Vice-president - Jane Richardson
Secretary - Michelette Frederick
Treasurer - Ivy Yates
The coach is Mr. Berny Myan.
The Female Adult Cricket Team (FACT) as they were originally called has exceeded their
expectations. The team has since been sponsored by Carl & Sons and is now called the
Carl & Sons Female Cricket Team.
There is a membership fee of $10 per person and a monthly subscription of $5 per person.
The team very often organizes fundraising activities like barbeques, walkathons, and breakfast.
The team also receives a monthly subsidy from its sponsor. (Carl & Sons).
Many of the team members have built long lasting friendships. The members stick together and
support each other. They have fun together. They often attend social activities including their annual Christmas party where they honor their members for their achievements for the year.
They have taken part in environmental activities like cleaning up the island. They have donated
funds to educational organizations.
The vision statement of the team is “Together Each Achieve More”
Their motto is: Respect God, yourself and your team players.
Their desire is to see other women, young and not so young, get involved in sports. The benefits
are great. You make lasting friends, you keep fit and active and it is also a stress-buster.
The team is a legal organization which operates under a constitution and is registered with the
chamber of commerce of St. Maarten.
Contact persons are:
Joyce Prince 5572182 or 5265252,
Joyce Patrick 5540458,
Anthea Jones 5537402