Captains' call: WNCL sets scene for summer

05 Oct, 2017

The Women's National Cricket League (WNCL) is set to begin tomorrow, with Victoria making the trip to Canberra to begin their campaign against the ACT.

The Spirit will look to the experience of Kristen Beams to lead Victoria for the first time, after national captain Meg Lanning was ruled out for the entire season with a shoulder injury.

Beams said she was looking forward to the one-day competition, which the players still consider the pinnacle of domestic cricket in Australia.

"For me, I learnt to be a cricketer by playing in the WNCL," Beams said.

"Playing with likes of Mel Jones, Jane Franklin, Kelly Applebee and Sarah Elliott, who were committed, passionate and disciplined state cricketers shaped the player I am today.

"I want every young player to have that same experience as I did. 50-over cricket allows talent to develop whilst still being 'the' competition you want to win and it compliments the WBBL really well."

For players like Beams who are in the Women's Ashes squad, the opening round of the WNCL will provide the platform for a starting selection in a couple of weeks.

Many of the captians were excited for their young players however, who were getting their first opportunity at the level.

"I think we'll see a few debutants for the Roar for our first round games in Adelaide over the weekend," said Tasmania's Brooke Hepburn.

"[We will see] a number of young Tasmanian players who have shown great improvement over the preseason."

See below to see what all of the Captains had to say on the upcoming tournament.

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Queensland

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Kirby Short

"The Queensland girls are really excited about the season kicking off this weekend, after what feels like quite a lengthy pre-season!

"We have had a thorough preparation with a few more trial matches this year, and we are looking forward to opening our campaign against two strong teams, in NSW and ACT.

"It will be really interesting to see how the competition plays out, given the different schedule we have this year. Irrespective of that, there is always genuine excitement and honour attached to pulling on the maroon, given the quality of the WNCL competition."

The full squad: Beth Mooney, Jess Jonassen, Kirby Short (c), Jemma Barsby, Haidee Birkett, Tess Cooper, Josey Dooley, Holly Ferling, Carly Fuller, Grace Harris, Laura Harris, Courtney Hill, Sammy-Jo Johnson, Delissa Kimmince, Georgia Prestwidge, Kara Sutherland

 Tasmania

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Brooke Hepburn

"As a group, I feel we've prepared really well heading into the first round. We enjoy the challenge that 50 over cricket brings and will be searching for a little more consistency in our performances this season.

"We have a number of new faces around the group who have brought a great energy to the team and I'm excited to see how these girls step up to the next level in the WNCL competition.

"I think we'll see a few debutants for the Roar for our first round games in Adelaide over the weekend, including a number of young Tasmanian players who have shown great improvement over the preseason."

The full squad: Stefanie Daffara, Emily Divin, Erin Fazackerley, Katelyn Fryett, Corinne Hall, Brooke Hepburn, Isobel Joyce, Meg Phillips, Veronica Pyke, Celeste Raack. Georgia Redmayne, Courtney Webb, Laura Wright 

Western Australia

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Elyse Villani

"It's been a long pre season for the girls and I know each and every squad member is looking forward to going out this weekend and representing the Western Fury.

"We don't get many opportunities to play one day cricket for our states so we are certainly looking forward to showcasing our talent, and playing an exciting brand of cricket."

The full squad: Nicole Bolton, Elyse Villani Megan Banting, Nicole Bolton, Melissa Cameron, Mathilda Carmichael, Piepa Cleary, Sheldyn Cooper, Bhavisha Devchand, Amy Edgar, Heather Graham, Katie Jane Hartshorn, Emma King, Tanaele Peschel, Chloe Piparo, Emily Smith, Elyse Villani

 New South Wales

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Alex Blackwell

"WNCL goes from strength to strength. It is a high performance environment that is developing skilful and resilient Australian players.

"Breakers have enjoyed a long preseason under the guidance of full time staff and are in great shape to take the field tomorrow.

"I can't wait to see the players hard work in action against Queensland & Victoria this weekend."

The full squad: Alex Blackwell (c), Lauren Cheatle, Rachael Haynes, Alyssa Healy, Ellyse Perry, Sarah Aley, Nicola Carey. Rene Farrell, Maisy Gibson, Lisa Griffith, Mikayla Hinkey, Saskia Horley, Carly Leeson, Lauren Smith, Naomi Stalenberg, Hannah Rachel Trenaman, Trethewy, Belinda Vakarewa, Tahlia Wilson

South Australia

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Tegan McPharlin

"The WNCL competition is a fantastic opportunity to showcase your skills and challenge yourself against the best cricketers in the world.

"With another tough pre season under the belt, some great results on the track, a lot of improvement in game style and awareness, and some added fire power in the line up, I can't wait to get the season underway and face up to the challenges that await."

The full squad: Megan Schutt, Amanda-Jade Wellington, Samantha Betts, Eliza Doddridge, Ellen Falconer, Ashleigh Gardner, Brooke Harris, Sarah Lowe, Tahlia McGrath, Tegan McPharlin, Annie O'Neill, Bridget Patterson, Brittany Perry, Katelyn Pope, Alex Price

Victoria

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Kristen Beams

"Im really looking forward to some young players making their debut, in particular Tayla Vlaeminck; she has had more than her share of injuries as a young player and I can't wait to see her with a new ball in her hand for Victoria!

"The Big V is something that is so special, I remember my debut like it was yesterday, I want every young player to have that same passion for playing for their State.

"50 over cricket is so critical to our game and getting these young players ready to represent their country in the future."

The full squad: Kristen Beams (c), Meg Lanning (INJ), Makinley Blows, Hayleigh Brennan, Nicole Faltum, Emma Inglis, Alana King, Anna Lanning, Sophie Molineux, Rhiann O'Donnell, Chloe Rafferty, Molly Strano, Annabel Sutherland, Gemma Triscari, Tayla Vlaeminck, Georgia Wareham

 

ACT

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Erin Osborne

"We look forward to starting our season at home with the possibility of playing five debutantes, which makes this time of the year very special.

"With the season being short it is important that we get off to a good start and make an impact early on in the season."

The full squad: Sam Bates, Maitlan Brown, Erin Burns, Nicole Goodwin, Nicola Hancock, Clara Iemma, Hayley Jensen, Marizanne Kapp, Claire Koski, Emily Leys, Katie Mack, Erin Osborne, Ange Reakes, Dane vaan Niekerk