RINA HORE is the Executive Director of the Bradman Museum which celebrates its 30th anniversary in October. Former vice president of Australian Women’s Cricket, she is also the first woman ever elected to NSW Cricket. Rina shares a little of her sporting life and the beauty of cricket.
Where did you grow up?
in Camden. My brother Raymond was a professional golfer and I tagged along to Sydney. While he played golf, I played cricket and Dad drove us between two venues.
Tell us about your experience of cricket back then.
I was a bowling all rounder, first change bowler, number six bat and a tenacious fieldsman. I worked hard at being deadly around mid wicket and cover and used my short stature, speed and accuracy at throwing short distances. I started at 14 and played state and club cricket for 17 years before I retired to focus on work.
Who were your cricketing heroes?
My father was an enormous fan of Don Bradman. He would recite Bradman statistics, purchase every book the Don wrote and deliver cricket lectures to the family over dinner. My love of the game came from watching players like Greg Chappell, Dennis Lillee and the battle on and off the field of World Series Cricket. In 1973 magazine Australian Cricket published a story on the first Australian women’s team to head to England for the inaugural World Cup. That article made me realise girls could play cricket and represent their country, and those players like Wendy Weir, Bev Wilson, Jackie Potter, Tina Macpherson and Patsy May, and manager Lorna Thomas became my heroes. 12 months I got to play against them, mix with them and be coached by them when I became a junior player with NSW.
How did you become a manager in cricket?
My reputation for being mischievous and excitable led me into managing future representative teams. I was approached to assist with the NSW senior team, the Breakers. The team had a few over enthusiastic and vocal young players, and I was recommended as somebody who had been there, done that. I went on to manage NSW and Australian youth teams then moved into administration with Women’s Cricket Australia.
Tell us about being Vice President of Women’s Cricket Australia.
The Australian Sports Commission decided to integrate all women’s and men’s sport. My role was to represent women’s cricket through this integration process and the task to shape the women’s game into a structure that had been dominated by men’s cricket for so many years. Later I was approached to nominate for the board of Cricket New South Wales.
How has women’s cricket changed during your lifetime?
Integration commenced in 2001 and as we approach the 18th year, the game has changed enormously. The most significant change was the introduction of T20 cricket, agreed as the best form of the game to grow participation by building the players performances and profile sufficiently to attract mainstream media and TV coverage. The progress and improvement in all aspects of player fitness and skills set is enormous. Ellyse Perry, Alyssa Healy, Beth Mooney and Meg Lanning strike the ball harder and cleaner than I ever thought possible.
Did you meet Don Bradman?
I was at the Bicentenary Test Match formal dinner along with Sir Donald and Lady Jessie Bradman. I took my father along to the dinner and it was one of the most fantastic nights. We were in the room with his cricketing god.
When did you come to Bowral?
In 2006, to take up the position as Executive Director of the Bradman Museum. It was then I came to understand why my father was absolutely besotted with Donald Bradman. His career on and off the field is unparalleled. He also continued to serve the game for 50 years following his retirement filling most roles from an Australian selector, Chairman of the Australian Cricket Board and a liaison officer for visiting teams.
What would Don Bradman say about the museum today?
I think he would acknowledge that many volunteers and employees have delivered on the promise of the founding directors to honour and strengthen the game through its collection, research and displays.
What makes cricket the much loved international game it remains today?
Played in the right spirit, there is no sport which is capable of developing a person’s finest qualities. The 2019 World Cup final at Lords was an outstanding example of all aspects of the game; competitiveness, pride, leadership, courage, determination, respect and humility.