The Tasmanian Tigers have taken the first step in defending their maiden Women’s National Cricket League (WNCL) title, naming the group of players who will be contracted to their female program for the 2022-23 season.

Five new and/or returning faces will don the Tigers colours next season, headlined by New South Wales young gun, Rachel Trenaman.  The 21-year-old top-order batter made an impressive recovery from an ACL injury last season, which saw her return to the cricket field in just six months.  In a rain-interrupted back end of the season, Trenaman notched 112 runs at an average of 56, including a top score of 90*.  This was off the back of the 304 runs at an average of 43 she scored in the 2020-21 season.

Young Tasmanian swing bowling sensation, Clare Scott, has also earned herself a contract, after a stellar debut season.  The 20-year-old earned a call-up to the Tigers travelling party in the back half of the 2021-22 season, off the back of some excellent form in the Cricket Tasmania Premier League.  With the Tigers losing the services of Nicola Carey, Heather Graham and Belinda Vakarewa for the latter stages of the season, Scott comfortably slotted into the side, playing four matches, highlighted by her taking two wickets on debut.

Tasmanian veteran, Emma Thompson, will be returning to the squad after taking a year’s maternity leave, making her not only the first player to use the Australian cricket policy, but also the first to return to playing from it.

Meanwhile Emma Manix-Geeves, who replaced Thompson on the Tigers contract list after losing her contract the season before, has re-signed with the Tigers on a two-year deal.  A stellar 2021-22 season by the 21-year-old Tasmanian, saw her finish the season as the tournament’s fifth-highest run-scorer, totalling 300 runs to her name at an average of 42.85, which she topped off with a maiden, unbeaten hundred in the final.

Two young pace bowlers, teenagers Callie Wilson and Julia Cavanough will round out the Tigers bowling attack.

Players contracted in 2021-22 who are not contracted in 2022-23 are; Corinne Hall (retired), Chloe Abel, Rachel Priest, Emily Smith and Belinda Vakarewa.

Head coach of the Tasmanian Tigers female program, Salliann Beams, said she was pleased with the way the list had come together.

“It’s always so hard when you only have 14 contracts to give out when you know how much talent there is out there, so although we had to make some tough decisions, I’m really happy with how things are shaping up for next season,” Beams said.

“I think we have a really good combination of youth and experience,” Beams continued.  “Some of the names on our list are well known in our sport, so we know they can perform, but what’s invaluable with that is the experience and knowledge they can pass on to the younger players.”

“As we’ve seen in recent years with the likes of Emma Manix-Geeves and Clare Scott, you don’t have to have a contract represent the Tigers and have success, and so I can’t wait to get the season underway and start working with not only these 15 players but all of the players in our pathway program as well, to continue to build our program.”

In: Julia Cavanough, Clare Scott, Emma Thompson (returning from maternity leave), Rachel Trenaman, Callie Wilson.

Out: Chloe Abel, Corinne Hall (retired), Rachel Priest, Emily Smith, Belinda Vakarewa.

Contracted players: Nicola Carey*, Julia Cavanough, Maisy Gibson, Heather Graham, Emma Manix-Geeves, Sasha Moloney, Clare Scott, Hayley Silver-Holmes, Amy Smith, Naomi Stalenberg, Molly Strano, Emma Thompson, Rachel Trenaman, Elyse Villani, Callie Wilson.

*Denotes Cricket-Australia contracted player