The Heat will contest the category alongside a strong female field featuring the Brisbane Broncos NRLW and Sunshine Coast Lightning Netball teams. 

Also nominated in the category are the Brisbane Bandits, Brisbane Lions NEAFL Team, Lions Football Club NPL Team, the Mammoth Ultimate Team and the Northcliffe Surf Life Saving Open Female Crew.

Cricket's second nomination for the Q Sport Awards is Darren Werder from the Mackay Magpies Cricket Club who is shortlisted in the Volunteer of the Year Award category.

Darren's nomination comes after he was named Australian Cricket's Community Ambassador of the Year at this year's A Sport For All Awards following his founding of the Cricket4Every1 Program. Cricket4Every1 is a joint initiative between the Magpies and the Mackay District Special School, run in consultation with Queensland Cricket, that provides students with a four-week course to enjoy cricket in a fun, safe and inclusive environment.
 
Mackay has become one of the Heat's key areas of support, with WBBL matches attracting strong crowds and helping to drive participation in the Mackay-Whitsunday region, especially growing the number of women and girls playing the game.
 
Great Barrier Reef Arena in Mackay holds the record for the Heat’s biggest standalone WBBL crowd after 5,650 fans watched the Heat in action against the Strikers in January this year.  

Brisbane Heat General Manager Andrew McShea said: 

“Mackay has become the Brisbane Heat’s second home for the last two seasons, and we are once again expecting to see great support for our champion team at Great Barrier Reef Arena.  

“The Mackay Regional Council have been fantastic supporters of the WBBL and together we are working on bringing another memorable event to life. Fans can expect all the bells and whistles you would experience at a Brisbane Heat home game, including a fireworks spectacular, plenty of family-friendly fun and on-field entertainment to match.

"It is appropriate that our champion team is nominated as Queensland's sporting team of the year when we are about to head to Mackay where we receive such great support from the community and some many volunteers in the region are doing great things to grow cricket."

The Heat travel to Mackay tomorrow morning for the Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon games against the Adelaide Strikers, with both matches free to attend.