The Fire will play two WNCL games at Norman Gray Oval at Fairfield and have their sights on a strong start as they look to build towards a maiden national one-day crown after finishing as runners-up to perennial champions NSW last summer.
Queensland takes on Western Australia on Saturday and Tasmania on Monday at the home ground of South Brisbane Cricket Club.
The Fire squad named today contains off-season arrivals Georgia Redmayne and Mikayla Hinkley, with the experienced duo set to make their Queensland debuts.
Home grown teenage pace bowler Courtney Sippel is also in line to debut after being a Fire squad member last season.
Redmayne, who played for Australia ‘A’ during the winter, has previously played WNCL with Tasmania and NSW.
A doctor, she joined the Fire during the off-season to be closer to her work at Tweed Heads Hospital.
Hinkley, who has tasted WNCL success with the NSW Breakers, also moved to Queensland in the winter for fresh opportunities after battling injury during the past two seasons.
Queensland will be without the Australian trio of Jess Jonassen, Beth Mooney and Delissa Kimmince who return to Brisbane over the weekend after their ODI and T20 Int tour of the West Indies.
This Sunday will also see the opening round of the Katherine Raymont Shield women’s Premier Cricket T20 competition, which features the debut of the new combined Wynnum-Manly/Redlands team in first grade.
All of the women’s matches will be livestreamed on Sunday at the Premier Cricket match centre - https://matchcentre.premier.qld.cricket.com.au/
Queensland Fire captain Kirby Short will be available tomorrow along with her Queensland Bulls counterpart Jimmy Peirson at a joint media opportunity at 11am at Allan Border Field. Media are asked to enter the venue via Fox Street.
Women’s National Cricket League
Konica Minolta Queensland Fire squad
v WA (Sat) and Tas (Mon) – 9.30am start, free admission.
Kirby Short (c)
Sammy Jo Johnson