Hobart Hurricanes’ Northern rookie program

Hurricane warning: South Launceston's Alex Smith in the NTCA Ground nets at the Hobart Hurricanes Northern rookie program.
Hurricane warning: South Launceston's Alex Smith in the NTCA Ground nets at the Hobart Hurricanes Northern rookie program.

The Hobart Hurricanes’ Northern rookie program ramped up with a talent combine for male and female players nominated by their clubs at the NTCA Ground in Launceston.

The program aims to give talented young Tasmanian players their first taste of what is involved with being a member of the Hurricanes squad with a view to developing them for selection as a full member in the future.

At the conclusion of the talent combine, male and female players will be selected to progress through and become the Hurricanes’ Northern rookies.

The male player will join the BBL squad from the December 9 through until the end of the match against Sydney Thunder at UTAS stadium on December 30.

The female player will join the WBBL squad from November 30 until the end of the match against Sydney Thunder at UTAS stadium on December 31.

Both players will be considered members of their respective squads, participating in media opportunities, fan events and player appearances, as well as attending all training sessions, matches and pre-season commitments.

The Northern rookies would need to be upgraded to be eligible for selection for the Hurricanes.

Nation building

Exeter’s Kristen Beams has been selected in Australia’s women’s Ashes one-day and Test squads.

The Victorian-based 32-year-old leggie was the only Tasmanian-born player in the squad for three ODIs in Brisbane and Coffs Harbour later this month, a day-night Test in Sydney from November 9 and T20 Internationals on November 17 (North Sydney Oval), 19 and 21 (both Manuka Oval, Canberra).

Roar talent

It’s nice to know that I’m in the selectors’ minds

Tasmanian Roar wicketkeeper-batter Georgia Redmayne

Tasmanian Roar wicketkeeper-batter Georgia Redmayne was selected in a Cricket Australia XI squad for two 50-over matches against England on October 16 and 18.

The NSW-born 23-year-old said she was looking forward to the opportunity of playing against the best women’s one-day side in the world.

“It’s a pretty great opportunity to play against England who are a World Cup winning team, so I’m really excited to be a part of those games,” she said.

After playing in the Southern Stars squad in Sri Lanka earlier this year, Redmayne said she is looking to play as much representative cricket as possible.

“After that tour and getting a taste of representative cricket you want more,” she said. “You always want to take every opportunity you get and it’s nice to know that I’m in the selectors’ minds.”

Redmayne also said that despite two losses for the Tasmanian Roar in the WNCL season, there were encouraging signs in both matches.