The 2016-17 Cricket North women’s competition hits off on Sunday with five clubs scheduled to take part and games being played at Youngtown Oval and the NTCA No.1 Ground.
Last year’s premiers South Launceston will again be one of the teams to beat with captain-coach Belinda Wegman saying the Knights have retained most of their list from last season.
Maxine Woods joins the Knights as wicket-keeper from the TCL but Courtney Webb will miss with Tassie Roar duties this week.
“We gel well as a team and would like to have another successful year after losing the state final by one wicket last season with a young team,” Wegman said.
Victoria Geale will take on the captain’s role at Launceston with Dana Lester set to move south to play in Hobart.
“We haven’t had many changes apart from Dana moving to Hobart so it will be a similar team to last year,” Geale said. “We hope to do a bit better than last year when we finished third and will be striving for a top-two finish.”
Key players with bat and ball will include Mikayla Binns, Rhianne Hack, Maddy Hickman and Geale.
Mowbray will again be captained by Rebekah Illingworth and will field a similar line-up to last season apart from the loss of Belinda Hancock to Queensland.
“We are looking to be a lot stronger and a bit wiser and after a couple of fantastic wins last year we look to be a bit more on the game as such with Nick Hayes guiding us as coach.” South will play Riverside at the NTCA No.1 Ground with George Town, Mowbray and Launceston playing at Youngtown.