From Season 2018-19 onwards the State’s female Tasmanian Roar cricket squad will be officially known as the Tasmanian Tigers alongside their male counterparts.
Mirroring the shared branding of the Big Bash League’s Hobart Hurricanes men’s team and Hobart Hurricanes women’s team, the State will now be proudly represented by the Tasmanian Tigers men’s team and Tasmanian Tigers women’s team in their respective competitions.
Cricket Tasmania Chief Executive Nick Cummins was pleased to announce the official naming changeover starting from today.
“A priority of our organisation is to build a ‘one club – two teams’ culture.”
“This means having our High Performance staff working across the entire program, not just be categorised into ‘Tigers’ or ‘Roar’ coaches.
“The shared branding of the W/BBL Hurricanes has provided a great working example of how this can be executed effectively.
“We consulted broadly before making this change and received unanimous support from the Board, coaches and senior male and female players.
“I congratulate our inaugural Tasmanian Tigers women’s squad, coaches and staff and wish them a tremendous new season ahead under an old but extremely esteemed cricketing moniker.”
Cricket Tasmania’s new women’s teams Head Coach Salliann Briggs – who has just commenced full-time in the role today after relocating from the UK where she was the England Women’s Academy Head Coach, England U19s Head Coach and a Kia Super League Head Coach – echoed these sentiments.
“One of the reasons for my move to Hobart is that Cricket Tasmania has shown the ambition to match the level of investment in their women’s program to that of their men’s program.”
“So it’s a very exciting time to be joining Tasmanian cricket.”
Her fellow Tigers men’s team Head Coach Adam Griffith also welcomed the name change for his female counterparts.
“The timing could not be better – a brand new women’s teams Head Coach working with a new team name right alongside our men’s squad with a fresh mindset and revamped approach to training and playing.”
“Salliann is walking into a pretty similar situation to myself from 12 months ago and just like me – she has the real honour of being the Head Coach of a Tasmanian Tigers outfit and carrying on the tradition, and I guess the pressure to succeed, that the Tigers name holds in this State.
“I think it’s great to present a united front as the Tigers – we are one State, one club, same name, same culture – just with two teams.
“It’s exciting to add another 14 female Tigers to our men’s squad of 26 Tigers.”
Decade-long senior State player Corinne Hall, who is vying for the inaugural women’s Tigers captaincy position under the new coach, is excited about the evolution of women’s cricket shown by this decision.
“The Tigers nickname has a long and proud tradition. I grew up watching the Tigers, so now to be able to play under that same name and prove our worth is amazing.”
“To be known as the Tigers, right alongside the men, further cements the changing attitudes toward the female game.
“All the Tigers branding and logos around the stadium, the gym, the locker rooms, the cricket museum and even the admin offices now represents us too – all of us.”
Past Australian and Tigers cricketing legend David Boon was another strong supporter on the Board of Cricket Tasmania.
“This move just makes a lot of sense as we want one branding identity across both teams, just as we have already with the Hobart Hurricanes.”
“Our goal is to provide a pathway for all cricketers both male and female to play for Australia and being a Tassie Tiger is a key part of this journey.
“Someone like Ella Marsh – daughter of local legend and former coach Dan Marsh – who played State Under-15s this year, can now dream of playing under the same banner as her dad, who had so much success as a Tiger.
“We want all the boys and girls in Tasmania to watch, support and dream about playing for the Tigers or the Hurricanes one day.”
Cricket Tasmania’s two Tigers teams will use the official hashtag #WeAreTigers in Season 2018-19 alongside both Hurricanes teams’ official hashtag #TasmaniasTeam.