2015-16 Women's contracted players announced

24 Mar 2015

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CA today also announced the 18 players to be offered CA contracts for 2015-16, as chosen by the Women's National Selection Panel (WNSP).

The upcoming international schedule is unprecedented and includes the 2015 Women's Ashes Series in the United Kingdom, a home series against India and an away series against NZ, all of which form part of the ICC Women's Championship, as well as the 2016 ICC Women's World Twenty20 in India.

The contracts, which cover a 12-month period commencing 1 July 2015, will be offered to the following players:

Southern Stars contract list

Kristen Beams VIC
Alex Blackwell NSW
Nicole Bolton VIC
Jess Cameron VIC
Sarah Coyte NSW
Rene Farrell ACT
Holly Ferling QLD
Grace Harris QLD
Alyssa Healy NSW
Julie Hunter VIC
Jess Jonassen QLD
Delissa Kimmince QLD
Meg Lanning VIC
Beth Mooney QLD
Erin Osborne NSW
Ellyse Perry NSW
Megan Schutt SA
Elyse Villani VIC

Speaking about the contract list WNSP Chair Julie Savage said: "We have selected an expanded squad of 18 players to ensure there is sufficient depth to cover an extensive international schedule.

"The 16 players on the contract list at the conclusion of 2014-15 have been retained and are joined on the list by Queensland Fire players Beth Mooney and Grace Harris.

"Beth is the QLD Fire wicketkeeper and joins the squad to bolster the keeping depth, she is also an accomplished batter as evidenced by her two centuries on the recent Commonwealth Bank Shooting Stars tour of Sri Lanka.

"Grace is a powerful striker of the ball who has had some impressive innings for Queensland, particularly in the T20 format. She has also been effective for the Fire with her off-spin and enjoyed success with the ball in Sri Lanka."

The WNSP has also chosen 14 players for the Commonwealth Bank Shooting Stars contract list for 2015-16. The Commonwealth Bank Shooting Stars is a development squad aimed to complement the Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars squad and provide elite training and playing opportunities.

The contracts, which cover a 12-month period commencing 1 July 2015, will be offered to the following players:

Shooting Stars contract list

Megan Banting WA
Jemma Barsby QLD
Samantha Bates ACT
Nicola Carey NSW
Lauren Cheatle NSW
Piepa Cleary WA
Ashleigh Gardner NSW
Heather Graham WA
Nicola Hancock VIC
Carly Leeson NSW
Katie Mack ACT
Chloe Piparo WA
Alex Price SA
Amanda-Jade Wellington SA

Commenting on the contract list WNSP Chair Julie Savage said: "The Commonwealth Bank Shooting Stars contract list is significantly younger than in previous seasons based on development plans to ensure the continued success of the national team.

"The inclusion of a younger group of players gives the coaching staff an exciting opportunity to assist in accelerating the development of these players with a view that some will push for national selection in the future.