When talk had first surfaced the Greater Northern Raiders were to consider affiliating a women's side in the Cricket Tasmania Premier League, a quirky travel schedule almost immediately drew concerns.
The long trip to Hobart for barely a two and a half hours Twenty20 match would ask for a commitment the female game had never seen before.
But at a midyear meeting, hopefuls were quick to give the nod - they were in for the long haul - and the Raiders followed their male counterparts a year later on the road.
Raiders co-coach Darren Simmonds was well aware that about half of the squad were heading for more than the 200-kilometre, one-way drive from Launceston.
Raiders were coming from Devonport and Burnie too.
Captain Sam Cotton has to make the endeavour every week from as far as Wynyard.
So Simmonds put it to Cricket Tasmania to halve the number of trips while doubling up on away games.
The Raiders were drawn to play four straight matches at Kingston, Sandy Bay and Pontville twice after home starts the first two Sundays.
"When I first saw the roster, I just thought it made a lot more sense that we play double-headers," he said.
"Just the fact also that it gives everyone a weekend off Raiders cricket next week because we're encouraging our players to still play their club cricket as well.
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"They will have a free week off and the same thing will happen in a fortnight and that's important, particularly with the commitment that is required at this level."
The club has organised for the North-West players to be put up in Launceston accommodation to aid preparation for Sunday's two matches.
The Raiders will first meet Kingborough before another trip to face University.
"We're just really excited as a side to be going down and playing a double-header this weekend," Simmonds said, "especially to play on good grounds down in Hobart that will suit our girls too."
Both opponents are one of six sides - along with the Raiders - to split their two first two fixtures of the campaign.
Ex-Launceston and Hurricanes WBBL seamer Katelyn Fryett will captain University while Latrobe batter Zoe Lowry will line up against the Raiders before joining the squad for the 40-over division 1 matches in December.
Lowry's sister, Sasha, is set to debut for the Raiders to replace Hurricanes rookie Rhianne Hack for the Sydney Thunder clashes in Burnie.
"Those sides will present opportunities to show our wares and that's what it's all about," Simmonds said.
"As a group, we'll bond as a group by travelling on the bus and back.
"There will be some benefits for us across the season to that, but really we just want to keep improving and learning all the time."
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