When captain Sam Cotton took strike of the first ball for Greater Northern Raiders, it was already a watershed day for the women's game in the northern half of the state.
So the 21-run victory over Lindisfarne - a club steeped in history dating back to 1891 - capped off the day perfectly.
"Leading into the game, I was quietly confident if we played to our abilities, we'd get the win," Simmonds said.
"I thought we've had a pretty long preseason - we have been going for eight weeks - and we have been building towards this first game. So this is still an historic for the Raiders club and we got the result we deserved."
The Raiders had little to no expectations against confronting a rival with the guile of 37-year-old state veteran Veronica Pyke in their way.
Simmonds justifiably felt the side's top-order smashed that out of the park from the outset while the bowlers held their nerve from a fightback.
"I thought if we got 120 for today, it would be a really hard total to chase," he said.
"We set the game up by scoring those runs. They did look like they were getting away a little bit early, but we were able to peg them back."
It was not a day for wickets or boundaries flying around, but one of containment.
The Raiders did it better in the key times. Simmonds felt the cornerstone in the T20 opener was defending.
"When you've got those runs on the board and it's like six an over, you can string together dot balls," he said.
"Even though we weren't getting wickets for a while in an important stage there where the game was coming slightly 50-50, we bowled like 10 dot balls in 12 balls and that was pretty critical."
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