It will be somewhat of a case of déjà vu when the two sides meet again tomorrow at Kingston Twin Ovals, with the teams having met just two days earlier under very similar conditions. However, with the 2019-20 WNCL champions having experienced a loss in the first game of their title defence, the only thing that is certain is that they will not take it lying down.
“It’s been a long time and a lot of water has gone under the bridge [since the 2019-20 final] so today was just about trying to be competitive and put our best foot forward for another season,” said WA skipper, Chloe Piparo, after Wednesday’s match. “It was unfortunate that we didn’t do that, but we can bounce back on Friday hopefully.”
Tigers captain, Sasha Moloney, had a similar outlook.
“We know that they’re probably going to come out firing. Obviously after a loss [like] today you always want to get back on top so you always want to come out fighting and for us it’s about sticking to what we’re good at, which we did today for the most part - I still don’t think we played a full [complete] of the game today, so that’s something we’d be looking forward to doing on Friday.”
With Corinne Hall having failed a fitness test prior to Wednesday’s match due to a niggling calf injury, 20-year-old Meg Radford has been added to the Tigers’ squad to face Western Australia tomorrow:
Sasha Moloney (c)
Rachel Priest (vc)
If selected in the final XI, Radford, Chloe Abel and Maddison Brooks would all make their Tigers’ debuts.