The South Coast will be featured on the world stage later this year at a special women's cricket tournament held in the United Arab Emirates.
The FairBreak Invitational will take place in Dubai in May, and will bring together some of the best women's cricketers in the world from both established and associate nations.
The tournament will feature six "corporately branded teams" made up of players from 36 different countries.
One of those teams will be the South Coast Sapphires, captained by Pakistan legend Sana Mir and featuring the south coast's own Jade Allen.
Shaun Martyn, the founder of FairBreak, said the idea for his organisation was born almost 10 years ago after working on a biography of Lisa Sthaleker.
"We wanted to create a global women's cricket tournament to start to address the disparity between male and female players," he said.
"That led into the creation of what is now called FairBreak, and we've been playing games all around the world and inviting some of the great female players to play with other great players from associate nations for seven years now.
"We've now got approval from the ICC for this tournament - it was originally meant to be played in Hong Kong, but now it's going to be in Dubai from May 1 to 15.
"There will be 90 female players from 36 countries in six corporately branded teams. One of those teams is based here on the South Coast.
"It'll feature Jade Allen, a player from Cobargo which we feel is entirely appropriate, and captain Sana Mir has visited Narooma before, so she knows the region.
"There will be 50 association nation players in Dubai, and that'll be the first time a lot of those women are being paid to play the game they love.
"We're not just a one tournament organisation though, we've had FairBreak teams playing all over the world for seven years."
Mr Martyn said he based the tournament on grand-slam tennis: one tournament in one city over two weeks.
"There are amazing players all over the world, but you rarely get to seem them," he said.
"This opportunity to showcase these players is amazing.
"Only a handful of women around the world are being paid even at semi-professional levels. There were 126 million people who watched the last Women's World Cup Final, so that's a lot of advertising revenue, but does that go back into the women's game?
"We know the audience is there, the talent is there, the commitment is there, but there has to be an evening up of the remuneration and opportunity between men and women."
Former Test cricketer Geoff Lawson is FairBreak's Director of Cricket, and has known Mr Martyn for almost two decades.
"I've known Shaun for at least 20 years which goes back to him running some charity cricket games," he said.
"I remember playing a game in Cairns after a test match against Bangladesh - we got to play on the test wicket on the sixth day.
"He was using cricket to raise some money for local charities, so I played a few of those games - he's just that sort of guy."
Mr Lawson said it was great to see more opportunity for women's players around the world.
"We're lucky in the state of NSW, women's cricket has always been given help and recognition here," he said.
"I remember I was coaching the NSW team once, and we had a session at the SCG when Belinda Clark came up and asked if they could use the nets.
"(The women) got in and practiced before the state team came in, and their quality was obvious - Belinda was smacking the ball around.
"Wayne Holdsworth ended up bowling to her - he was probably bowling about 125km/h and pitching them up, and Belinda was just smacking them.
"Wayne then bowled a bouncer at her, and Belinda just got in and hooked it. He came up to me later and said 'yep, they're pretty good'.
"Now we've got to a place where there's full-time players who can concentrate on their games - Australia has gone through that, and now the rest of the world is catching up."
Young cricketer Jade Allen, a leg-spin bowler, said she was drafted into the Sapphires squad after going to Bowral for a FairBreak game last year.
"Geoff got in contact with myself and dad and offered me a spot in the tournament," she said. "I immediately said yes, and I'm really excited to be a part of it.
"The opportunity to play with these skilled players, and get insights into how the go about their cricket will be really good for my game."
Ms Allen played her junior cricket at Bega-Angledale and Bermagui, and now plays professionally for the Sydney Sixers.
"I was playing in Canberra grade cricket by 15 and up in Sydney eventually," she said. "I was driving up each weekend with dad - it was pretty full on, but it's gotten me where I am today."
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