In the first two fixtures the girls got off to bad starts (2-0 vs ACT and 2-16 vs VIC) however recovered to show fight in the middle and lower order to get the scorecard to respectable totals in both matches. Unfortunately in the third match the story was the same with the bat and Queensland walked away with a comprehensive victory.
Game 1 saw a 7-wicket loss to ACT with the Meteors chasing down the Cripps Roar’s total of 182 in the 38th over. The highlight for the Tasmanian’s a fantastic knock by Vice-Captain Corinne Hall which saw her make 64. Tasmanian debutant Julie Hunter was next best with the bat making 30 whilst Meg Phillips contributed 27 and Skipper Ronnie Pyke 24 as the Roar posted 182.
In Game 2 the girls took on Vic Spirit in what was a close and low scoring affair which saw the Spirit scrape home by two wickets.
After being 9-70, Brooke Hepburn (23no) and Katelyn Fryett (7) put on 39 for the last wicket to get the Roar to 110.
Despite a great display with the ball which saw Veronica Pyke take 3-21, Katelyn Fryett 3-43 and Julie Hunter 2-9 the Spirit were resilient at the crease and were able to get over the line with 2 wickets in hand.
Game three was a one sided affair however with Queensland dominant with bat and ball after bowling the Roar out for 101 in the 46th over with Southern Stars duo Jess Jonassen (3-19) and Holly Ferling (2-30) ripping through the Tasmanian attack. The Fire openers then made quick work of the chase, Mooney 49no and Harris 48no getting the runs in just the 16th over.
Coach Julia Price said it was a very disappointing opening round for her side who weren't able to adapt to the conditions as well as she would have liked, particularly with the bat.
"We have a month to work on a few areas before we have our next game against New South Wales," Price said.
"The results were disappointing but there were also some really positive moments that the girls should take confidence from.
With the CTPL Women's competition starting this week-end, Price said these matches will offer her squad quality time on the park in preparation for Round 2.
"Club cricket will be the perfect place for the squad to implement our focus areas and give the girls the opportunity to really put their hand out for selection."