Hurricanes pair lock horns with old friends
TWO of Hobart’s WBBL recruits have an extra element of motivation this weekend when they square off against old teammates for the first time.
The Hurricanes bolstered their ranks in the off-season with the addition of leg-spinner Maisy Gibson and seamer Belinda Vakarewa, both former Sydney Thunder products.
The duo have played important roles for the Canes through the first four games, and coach Salliann Briggs believes they will be eager to prove a point in the matches at Burnie’s West Park.
“We’re playing a team that we know a lot about, there’s a lot of girls that have come from Thunder into this team,” Briggs said. “I think they’ll definitely want to stamp their authority on it because a lot of those girls as well, though they have played in around NSW and Thunder, probably feel they’ve not had key roles there.
“This is why they’re here, to be contributing to this team, into making this team really successful. They will want to prove themselves, no doubt, they’ve got some good friends in that team as well but it will be eyes on the prize as always.”
After opening WBBL05 with impressive victories against the Melbourne Stars, Hobart crashed back to earth last weekend against Adelaide and Brisbane. And while the variety in the bowling attack continues to shine, the batting group needs to deliver.
“We’ve had a good meeting to work out what our plans should be leading into Burnie this weekend,” Briggs said.