A combined team from Wynnum-Manly and Redlands will become the seventh team in the Katherine Raymont Shield in 2019-20 having previously fielded teams in the Jodie Fields Shield second grade competition.

The team will be underpinned by a Memorandum of Understanding between Wynnum-Manly and their bayside neighbours Redlands that will see both clubs field teams in the Jodie Fields Shield competition to feed into the new Premier Grade team.

Former Irish international Ciara Metcalfe has been a part of strong growth in junior girls and women’s teams at Wynnum-Manly in the past 12 months, with the three-time World Cup captain recently completing Cricket Australia’s High-Performance Coaching program at the Bupa National Cricket Centre.

Metcalfe, who retired from international cricket last year, has played for Wynnum-Manly in the Jodie Fields Shield for the past two seasons as well as working in junior coaching for the club.

QC State Cricket Manager John Stock said the decision taken by the Premier Cricket Committee meant female players involved in the BEARS (Bayside, Easts and Redlands) junior competitions would now see a clear pathway in place.

“Wynnum and Redlands have been very active in growing their player base at junior and senior levels and this initiative now means that girls in that region will have the opportunity to make further progress,’’ he said.

“We congratulate both clubs for working together to create this pathway. It is a credit to them that they have taken such an inclusive approach to build their playing depth.”

“Queensland Cricket is focused on growing Women’s competitions, including Premier Cricket. The aim by 2022 is for all Premier clubs to have Under-15 and Women’s Seconds teams, and eight clubs to participate in the Katherine Raymont Shield.”

“This aligns with the growth in participation numbers and overall interest as we work to make cricket the leading sport for women and girls,” Stock said.

The decision made by the Premier Cricket Committee follows on from last year’s inclusion of Ipswich/Logan Hornets as the sixth team in the Katherine Raymont Shield, where clubs play T20 and one-day fixtures.

Wynnum-Manly previously fielded a first-grade team 11 seasons ago, before women’s Premier Grade cricket was restructured.

Former Australian and Queensland wicket-keeper Julia Price, an inaugural inductee into the Queensland Cricket Women’s Hall of Fame earlier this year, played for Wynnum-Manly throughout her career.

The new Wynnum-Manly team will join Wests, University of Queensland, Valley, Gold Coast,, Sandgate-Redcliffe and Ipswich/Logan for the 2019-20 Katherine Raymont Shield.

Wests defeated Gold Coast in this year’s one-day Final while Gold Coast beat Valley in the T20 Final.

The new team will be launched on Monday evening at the Wynnum-Manly Cricket Club clubhouse overlooking Bill Albury Oval at Boundary Street, Tingalpa.

Wynnum/Redlands Women’s 1st Grade Announcement Night

Date: Monday 3rd of June

Location: Wynnum CC Canteen

Time: 6 - 6:30pm