27 June 2016
QLD Fire Squad Announced
The Konica Minolta Queensland Fire have invested in five talented young players to boost their playing stocks for the 2016-17 WNCL summer. The Fire resume off-season training this week, with one new fully-contracted player and five rookie-contracted players after retaining the bulk of their 205-16 squad. Sandgate-Redcliffe batter Tess Cooper, an Australian Under-18 squad member last year, was awarded a full contract for the first time after being a Queensland Academy of Sport player in 2015-16. First-timers on the rookie list are Gold Coast allrounder Abigail Godfrey, Wests wicket-keeper Josie Dooley, Darling Downs duo Maggie Murphy and Ella Whish and former ACT Meteors pace bowler Nina Westenraad. Westenraad, who plays for the Gold Coast, is a former NSW/ACT Youth player. She played for Queensland last summer in the National Under-18 tournament alongside fellow teenagers Murphy, Whish and Dooley. Godfrey, 19, was an injury replacement for the Brisbane Heat in the WBBL earlier this year. Among the players not contracted from last year include Ash Barty, who is continuing to play professional tennis after making WNCL and WBBL debuts last summer, and former Australian captain Jodie Fields, who has relocated to live in Melbourne and will play for the ACT Meteors. Dooley, whose older brother Paddy is a first grade player with Wests, was the recipient of Fields' Young Cricketer Development Scholarship during the season. She played for Queensland in last season’s National Under-15 Championships and was named in the Cricket Australia Under-15 Development Squad. 2016-17 Konica Minolta Queensland Fire squad Delissa Kimmince (c) (Gold Coast) Jemma Barsby (Sandgate-Redcliffe) Holly Ferling (CA contracted) (University of Qld) Grace Harris (CA contracted) (Wests) Courtney Hill (Sandgate-Redcliffe) Sammy-Jo Johnson (Gold Coast) Jessica Jonassen (CA contracted) (University of Qld) Bethany Mooney (CA contracted) ( Kara Sutherland (University of Qld) Kirby Short (Wests) Georgia Prestwidge (Sandgate-Redcliffe) Haidee Birkett (Sandgate-Redcliffe) Taylah Brotherston (Sandgate-Redcliffe) Tess Cooper (Sandgate-Redcliffe) Rookies Abigail Godfrey (Gold Coast) Josephine Dooley (Wests) Maggie Murphy (Darling Downs) Nina Westernraad (Gold Coast) Ella Whish (Darling Downs) Coach: Andy Richards Asst Coach: Scott Prestwidge.