Cricket Australia has released the Women’s Big Bash League Fixture for WBBL|04 with our female Hurricanes playing huge weekend double headers in Hobart, Launceston and Burnie.
And the club could not be happier...
As the WBBL continues to grow in popularity, quality and professionalism, so too does the Hurricanes’ reach across the State as ‘Tasmania’s Team’ said Cricket Tasmania Chief Executive Nick Cummins.
“We are genuinely excited by this new fixture as we are taking our Hurricanes WBBL team to all areas of Tasmania for the first time – the South, North and North West – with each region getting two women’s matches across their scheduled Big Bash weekend.”
“A lot of work has been invested by Cricket Tasmania, the State Government and the Hobart, Launceston and Burnie City Councils - so huge appreciation for them - to bring elite female T20 cricket to as many Tasmanian communities as possible.
“We currently support almost 45,000 cricket participants at 192 grounds across Tasmania and 34 per cent of these people are women or girls.
“That number is rising fast so we’re pretty keen for our WBBL Hurricanes to keep driving that engagement with local matches, where the next generation of young cricketers can be inspired by watching their heroes playing in the flesh at more venues accessible to more families.”
With this in mind, the Hurricanes women’s home draw has been ‘supercharged’ with three marquee matches designed to maximise home crowd attendances and #PurpleArmy support.
The first is on Saturday afternoon 8 December with Burnie’s maiden Big Bash League clash at West Park Oval between the female Hurricanes and Melbourne Stars – a milestone occasion for the T20 hungry North West.
Next is the Hurricanes women storming into Hobart for a massive ‘Four Teams Four Games’ Festival Weekend with a blockbuster Saturday night showdown against the Sydney Sixers on 15 December, after a big Family Fan Day at Blundstone Arena – their only evening game all season.
Thirdly is Sunday 30 December as part of a huge weekend double header – this time at Launceston’s UTAS Stadium after last season’s bumper local crowd.
The female Hurricanes and Brisbane Heat will lock horns on Sunday afternoon 30 December with the Hurricanes men to follow that same night.
“In Tasmania we have reset our Female Program with new roles and new coaches,” said Nick Cummins.
“We are entering an exciting phase of development for our female athletes as they continue to become more professional.
“This will provide a real pathway for aspiring boys and girls who can see that they can make a real profession out of playing cricket.”
Important MyState WBBL Hurricanes Principal Partnership Announcement
Aligned with this momentum is proud long-time partners MyState upgrading and extending their partnership with the club to being the WBBL Hobart Hurricanes Women's Principal Partner.
“MyState have always been tremendous supporters of the Hurricanes and Tasmanian Cricket,” said MyState Managing Director and CEO Melos Sulicich.
“Our Principal Partnership announcement is another example of this and highlights what two passionate, high quality and professional organisations like MyState and the Hurricanes can achieve together.
“MyState is committed to the community and growing female sport, so we have concentrated and lifted our investment behind the female Hurricanes.
“MyState will be front and centre of the journey that our WBBL team will be taking over the coming years, and we look forward to continually showcasing our partnership with more MyState Community Blitzes, branch cricket displays, fan giveaways, match volunteers and even our Hurricanes Youth Accounts.”
This new arrangement will see the MyState logo proudly featuring on the front and back of the WBBL Hurricanes women’s playing shirts for all matches.
Furthermore, they will maintain their partnership across the BBL Hurricanes with their logo still featuring on the sleeves of the men’s playing shirts.
The upgraded partnership will again see MyState working with the Hurricanes in the community and on game day with more MyState Community Blitzes sending players from the Hobart Hurricanes and Tasmanian Tigers to communities, schools and cricket clubs all over Tasmania this pre-season.
The MyState WBBL Hurricanes women will also have five of their matches covered LIVE and Free-To-Air by the Seven Network – their two Sunday home games against the Sixers and Heat, plus their three away clashes with the Perth Scorchers (WBBL Match One) then the Sydney Thunder and Melbourne Renegades.
All other WBBL clashes will be livestreamed on the Cricket Australia network website and app.
With six out of their seven home games held on weekends shared between Hobart (three), Launceston (two) and Burnie (two), the Hurricanes women under new coaches Salliann Briggs and former Tigers skipper Dan Marsh are looking forward to capitalising on this state-wide momentum alongside MyState.
Thank You MyState - It's fantastic to have you on our team as WBBL Principal Partners!