It was a meet and greet with Greater Northern Raiders operations manager Richard Bennett in Hobart that first had Australian World Cup debutant Belinda Vakarewa ready to sign up.
But it was after the Sydneysider's bizarre discovery with close Tasmania Tigers teammate Emma Manix-Geeves that their mums had been working side by side at Launceston General Hospital that sealed the deal.
"It's a small state and a small city - let's just say that," Vakarewa laughed.
Manix-Geeves, the former Riverside wicketkeeper, is also set to join Vakarewa in a Launceston homecoming for the new side's division one maiden appearance in the Cricket Tasmania Premier League 40-over competition.
The Raiders had won the services over five Southern clubs that had also pitched to Vakarewa, but it was the move north that allows mum Maree to attend more games.
"She loves cricket, she just loves watching it, so it was that decision when it came down to that," Vakarewa said, "but in saying that, she'd also travel all around the state; still, it was mostly for mum."
But there is also a passion from the new Tiger for things north of Campbell Town.
Vakarewa was sold on "taking my knowledge" to a new Tasmanian cricket frontier.
"Just to be able to share what I can and develop the club would be fantastic," she said, "because I guess that is a bit overlooked sometimes when you're living in Hobart when you can find some good cricketers elsewhere."
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Vakarewa has bowled just four wicketless overs in a single one-dayer for Australia in 2017 against Sri Lanka.
That day soaking up the changeroom with the likes of Meg Lanning, Alyssa Healy, Ellyse Perry and Exeter's Kristen Beams was priceless.
So while the 21-year-old is still young in age, she is prepared to take on leadership and give guidance for the Cricket North and North-West rookies that have not been exposed to the best level in the state yet.
"Being a new club, it will obviously be a different step for the girls that have been playing the last couple years locally and kind of a bit of a challenge," Vakarewa said.
"I do know a few of them are quite young, so I guess I am just offering what I can but also just learning at the same time. The game can be different everywhere but they sound like a good group."
Manix-Geeves, who stood behind the stumps in two Tasmanian WNCL matches last month, has told Raiders co-coach Darren Simmonds that Vakarewa is the quickest bowler she has gloved.
Vakarewa said she has come to deliver on one promise: "to get a lot of wickets".
"I can also offer some support around fields and that," she said, "but I am pretty much trying to take poles, the wickets for the team, and hopefully get a few runs."
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