The Konica Minolta Queensland Fire will draw on youth and experience as they tackle a crunch Women’s National Cricket League round in Melbourne this weekend. With all squads missing their Southern Stars players due to their involvement in the ODI series against South Africa, the depth of teams will be showcased in this round of one-day games that will determine likely finals spots. The Fire plays the ACT Meteors on Friday and the Victorian Spirit on Saturday in Melbourne. Queensland has included three potential debutants in their squad, including teenagers Renee Irvine and Josie Dooley. Sandgate-Redcliffe bat Tess Cooper, originally from Emerald, has also been named to make her debut in the wake of a fine 118 earlier this month in the Katherine Raymont Shield. Cooper, 20, is studying physiotherapy at ACU. Murgon product Irvine, who turns 16 in January, was named earlier today in the Cricket Australia XI to play in the National Under-18 titles later this month. The right-arm pace bowler was a stand-out for Queensland in last season’s National Under-15 titles. A talented athlete who has also shone in rugby league and AFL, Irvine follows in the footsteps of another South Burnett product in the form of Holly Ferling (Kingaroy) who made her Fire debut while still at high school. Wests wicket-keeper Dooley, 16, gets her opportunity after spending the off-season training with the Fire after receiving a rookie contract. A recipient of the Jodie Fields Young Cricketer Development Scholarship last year, Dooley hails from a sporting family. Father Jon was a long-serving first grade player with Wests while her older brother Paddy is a former Queensland youth player and current Premier Grade player with Wests. Fire coach Andy Richards said Queensland had been steadily building its depth in recent seasons through the rapid growth of girls’ cricket throughout the State. “Renee and Josie are among an exciting next generation of players and it is very exciting to have them receive the opportunity to showcase their skills at this level,’’ he said. “Renee is a very talented athlete and has showed us she has skill to go with her physical gifts.” “Tess Cooper is another who has come through the system, and she has worked very hard this year to get to this point. “ “This weekend will be a challenge but it is one everyone will have to deal with so we should go into the matches with confidence in our depth,’’ Richards. The Fire will be buoyed by the experience of left-arm pace bowler Kara Sutherland who returns from off-season knee surgery to play her first games of the WNCL this season. Sutherland, a former NSW player, will be backed by in-form batter Kirby Short, who is set to play her 50th WNCL match for the Fire, while captain Delissa Kimmince needs 58 runs for 1000 WNCL runs. The Fire will add an additional player to their squad prior to their departure on Thursday to prepare for the clash with the Meteors. The Fire sit in first spot on the WNCL ladder, one point ahead of Victoria and equal with NSW. Women’s National Cricket League Konica Minolta Queensland Fire Delissa Kimmince (C) Kirby Short Tess Cooper (Debut) Kara Sutherland Jemma Barsby Haidee Birkett Sammy-Jo Johnson Taylah Brotherston Georgia Prestwidge Renee Irvine (Debut) Josie Dooley (Debut) Plus one to be named Meanwhile Dooley will take her experience with the Fire on board when she travels to Hobart in two weeks for the National Under-18 titles. The Queensland squad has a strong regional flavour, with more than half of the squad getting their starts outside of Brisbane. 2016-17 National Championships Squad Hobart, Wed 23 Nov – Tues 29 Nov Queensland U-18 Lucinda Jensen (Western Districts Toowoomba) Ella Wyvill (Cavaliers Hervey Bay) Courtney Sippel (Wide Bay) Sarah Lockhart (Sandgate Redcliffe) Ella Whish (Toowoomba - Western Suburbs) Josie Dooley (Western Suburbs) Ash Simms (Western Suburbs) Tara Wheeler (Gold Coast) Maggie Murphy (Toowoomba - Western Suburbs) Neve Lynch (Valley) Carly Fuller (Lismore - Gold Coast) Isabel Hartog (Western Suburbs) Zeldine Barnard (Valley) Lily Awyzio (Western Suburbs) Annie Wikman (Western Suburbs) Kathryn Kidman (Wide Bay) Stacy Rockliff (Townsville) Laine Sunderland (Gladstone – Valley) Cricket Australia XI Renee Irvine (Murgon) Lilly Mills (Sunshine Coast - Sandgate-Redcliffe)