Cricket Tasmania and its Tigers Female Program extended a thank you to the Tasmanian Government and the Minister for Sport and Recreation, The Hon. Jacquie Petrusma this morning at Blundstone Arena.
The Government's specific contribution to the Female Program has played a big role in the Tigers' transformation over the winter and the beginning of the new season, with the WNCL side now sitting top of the table having won three of its first four matches.
All of the players now live in Hobart and have committed to training full-time together, a key factor which hadn't occurred previously.
Captain Brooke Hepburn presented a Tigers playing shirt to the Minister after the below video was played.
"It's inspiring to see just how far women's cricket in Tasmania has come," said the Minister to media this morning.
"There's been a 26% increase in women's cricket participation all around the state and as a government we're very keen to see more women playing all sports."
"To win three of their four major games to begin the season is inspiring to me and my two daughters and it's putting women's cricket in Tasmania on the map.
"We're delighted to provide the contribution we have this year."
"We really wanted to thank the Tasmanian Government for their support today," said Cricket Tasmania CEO, Nick Cummins.
"Their funding has had a profound affect on our Women's Program."
"Between the Tigers games finishing for now and the WBBL beginning it's important to recognise the impact they've had throughout this program."
"It's enable the group to train full-time together since about July pretty solidly and you saw the results of that last weekend."
The Tigers will return to WNCL at the beginning of February at the top of the table but for many now is the time to switch attention to the WBBL season which begins for the Hurricanes on December 1 in Melbourne.
From there, the first two home matches will be held in Burnie on December 8 & 9 before The Big Weekend of WBBL action at Blundstone Arena on December 15 & 16.