Launceston allrounder Brooke Hepburn has been appointed the Tasmanian Roar captain for the first time in her short career.
The honour is a reward for a fruitful season last summer.
The 27-year-old’s standout medium-pacers captured 13 wickets in six WCNL games to include a season-best haul of 5-39 against South Australia.
The annoucement comes also on the back of Hepburn re-signing with the Hobart Hurricanes semi-finalists.
Hepburn delivered for the side’s WBBL|03 bowling stocks, collecting 11 wickets over the 14-game season.
In the tactical Twenty20 game where tight economy is paramount to success, she conceded just 6.06 runs per over – the second lowest of all the Hurricanes’ bowlers.
For Hepburn, who only picked up a bat and ball at just 19 years in the footsteps of older state-playing sister Lauren, the state captaincy comes second to the team.
“I’m honoured and really excited about the opportunity to captain the Roar this season,” Hepburn said.
“I think we have a great mix of experience and younger players in the squad this year, who I am looking forward to playing alongside.
“We have had a fantastic preparation in the preseason and take confidence out of some great team and individual performances in the 2016/17 WNCL season.
“I believe we’re in a great position to perform strongly in this year’s competition.”
Last season’s vice-captain will this year be deputised by Corinne Hall, who was ecstatic to assist Hepburn.
“My main focus this season is to be a reliable, enthusiastic supporter of Brooke,” Hall said. “Her style of captaincy is perfect for our current group ... I have no doubt that she will do a stellar job.”
Launceston cricketers Katelyn Fryett, Meg Phillips and Courtney Webb all join Hepburn in the Roar squad.
Tasmanians Beau Webster and Mac Wright have been added to a Cricket Australia XI for the JLT One-Day Cup.
The pair missed selection for the Tigers. Ex-Mowbray champion quick Troy Cooley is the side’s assistant coach.
I’m honoured and really excited about the opportunity to captain the Roar this seasonNew Tasmanian Roar captain Brooke Hepburn