The Brisbane Heat have vowed not to get caught up in the hype as they try a three-peat rebel WBBL title.
The two-time defending champions begin their campaign on Sunday and there is no doubt that wherever they turn this season, another title will follow.
New Heat captain Jess Jonasson said in Sydney this week: “We’ve talked a little bit about (three Pete’s), but the only way we’ve really thought about it is to say how cool it would be if it were.
“But we have been a team based entirely on processes, not necessarily our results.
“We know it’s going to make a fuss around it, talking, talking, and making noise for us, about sticking to what we know.
“We know that every team comes to zero point in the WBBL, everyone comes with the desire to win the tournament and we are no different.
“It would be a great achievement if it came to an end, but we know it’s not going to be easy at the best of times.”
However, Brisbane’s title bid is WBBL Their victories in 04 and 05 will be without the three main members.
Leading run-scorer Beth Mooney has done well for the Perth Scorchers, interesting all-rounder Sammy-Joe Johnson has retired his talent Sydney Thunder, and former captain Kirby Short – who has played perhaps the most underrated role in both titles – has retired. . .
But the summer has brought many interesting possibilities to his team.
Jonasson believes pacer Nicola Hancock, who has departed from the Stars, is “bowling as fast as I’ve seen him”, while South African all-rounder Nadine de Clerk made his Big Bash appearance for the first time. Will give
“(De Klerk) just seems like a big ball of fun, he’s really excited to get involved,” Jonasson said.
“We had some center-wicket scenes here in Brisbane and he did really well and there was little to live on the field.
“That would be another great addition to being around.”
Johnson is inspired by 16-year-old Georgia Wall, a brilliant young talent in Queensland, who debuted in Teal this season. Have the opportunity to.
“She’s a little Grace Harris 2.0, a young girl but a perfect powerhouse,” she said.
“He scored a lot of runs in club cricket and fast.
“She has worked really hard and I think she is seeing the benefits of being a solid performer in a prestigious program.
“Hopefully she’ll get a chance at some point during this WBBL for what she can do, but she can definitely hit a ball that’s for sure.”
One unexpected question for the Heat is whether it will bleed to the top of the order with Maddie Green after Mooney leaves.
Johnson is an option with Grace Harris, but the new Heat captain was giving nothing away.
“We have some good options and that’s really interesting,” he said. He said.
“(Coach Ashley Knopf) is always great in important matches and we have the ability of the players to handle the situations that come our way.
“A lot of the girls are preparing for the role … so you have to see this place.”
Squad: Jess Jonasson (c), Dalisa Cummins (US), Nadine de Clerk (SA), Maddie Green (NZ), Amelia Kerr (NZ), Nicola Hancock, Grace Harris, Laura Harris, Michael Hinkley, Charlie Conte. , Lily Mills, Georgia Preswid, Georgia Redman, Courtney Sipple, Georgia Wall
Ins: Nadine de Clerk, Nicola Hancock (stars), Georgia Redman (Scorches), Georgia Wall
Outside: Beth Mooney (Scorchers), Sammy-Joe Johnson (Thunder), Kirby Short (retired), Heidi Birkett
Probably the best XI: Maddie Green, Grace Harris, Jess Jonasson (C), Georgia Redman (WK), Amelia Kerr, Nadine de Clerk, Laura Harris, Delisa Cummins, Nicola Hancock, Mikaela Hinkley, Georgia Prestige
Last year’s result: Champions
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“It’s going to be about races, races, races. Can they make some big totals? I think with the determination of Grace Harris they can, the big question is how consistent they can be with this WBBL. “When we talk about Beth, Mauni, we’re not just talking about races, we’re talking about racing consistency.”
October 25: Also Scorchers, North Sydney Oval
October 26: v Renegades, Hearstville Oval
October 31: v Storm, Show Ground Stadium
November 1: v Thunder, Show Ground Stadium
November 4: Also Sixers, Blacktown International Sports Park
November 7: v Strikers, North Sydney Oval
November 8: Also stars, North Sydney Oval
November 11: Also Thunder, Blacktown International Sports Park
November 14: v Strikers, um Ramoyen Oval
November 15: v Storm, um Ramoyen Oval
November 17: Also Sixers, Blacktown International Sports Park
November 18: Also Scorchers, Hurstville Oval
November 21: Also stars, um Ramoyen Oval
November 22: v Renegades, Drummoyen Oval