THE two coaches of Launceston's senior women's cricket teams believe the North is moving closer to its own female competition after doubling its population in the Cricket North West women's roster.
This summer will see South Launceston join reigning champion Launceston in the Twenty20 competition.
South coach Naomie O'Loughlin said an ``explosion'' of girls coming through the clubs junior ranks was the motivation behind the club entering a team.
``It's an opportunity for the girls to see that there's a way that they can build a career path through cricket, as this team is a pathway to the Tassie Roar,'' she said.
``Long term, we hope this leads to a stand-alone women's senior competition in the North, and it encourages more women to play the game.''
Launceston coach James Kingston, who has replaced Rod Smith as coach after last year's grand final win over Ulverstone, agreed that it was an ``exciting'' time for women's cricket in the North of the state.
``Having South Launceston come on board is fantastic and hopefully we can soon have our own senior competition in the North,'' Kingston said.
Kingston said that while the aim for his girls this year was to go back-to-back, improvements as both individuals and as a team were the primary goal.
The Lions will be looking for New Zealand recruit Stephanie Carr, a batting all-rounder, pace bowlers Rhianne Hack, Dana Lester and Abbie Nimmo, and batter Emma Manix-Geeves to lead the side this year.
Meanwhile, O'Loughlin said batter Belinda Wegman, bowler Sophie Parkin and wicketkeeper Jean Marie Els were three of the key players for her team.
The two teams will open their season with a Launceston derby on Sunday at NTCA no.1, with Tassie Roar also finishing off its weekend against New South Wales with a Twenty20 match at the ground on Sunday.
Any women interested in joining one of the two Launceston teams can contact either Kingston on 0451 308 133 or O'Loughlin on 0408 101 709.