The captains have had their say on the upcoming WNCL season, and the Captains MVP award, set to kick off Friday.
There is a lot of excitement about the return of the world’s premier one-day domestic competition, won for the 19th time by the New South Wales Breakers in 2017-18.
The Captains MVP award was introduced last year to recognise the most valuable player according to the WNCL captains, and is voted by a 5-4-3-2-1 system after each game. Captains can vote for players from either team, but not themselves or the opposition captain.
All seven of the WNCL captains also provided their tips for this years tournament.
While the Breakers were favoured by Victorian captain Meg Lanning, many are predicting a more even competition this year, with three captains selecting Victoria as the team to beat after the return of Lanning from injury and Elyse Villani from Western Australia.
Villani was the captain's favourite to take out the MVP award, with South Australia’s Megan Schutt and ACT’s Erin Osborne selecting the Australian regular to take out the award.
Victoria’s Molly Strano, ACT's Erin Burns, New South Wales’ Ellyse Perry, Queensland’s Beth Mooney and Western Australia’s Nicole Bolton were also favoured by this years leaders.
Breakers' captain Alyssa Healy highlighted how the Australian international tour, which will mean players absent for the second round of matches in November, would provide opportunity for young players.
"It is such an exciting year of WNCL,” Healy said.
"With Australian players missing a few games, it’s a great opportunity for some young players to get a chance to play for their state and show the rest of Australia what they’ve got!
"I’m personally really excited to get the opportunity to lead the Breakers this year, and hopefully we can continue to be successful!”
Round 1 matches will kick off with Queensland v New South Wales, Tasmania v ACT and Victoria v Western Australia; with matches to follow over the weekend.
See below for all the predictions heading into Round 1.