Canes pair has point to prove against Thunder
HURRICANES recruit Belinda Vakarewa knows this weekend’s opposition inside out and has done her best to share all her inside knowledge to help the side get its WBBL campaign back on track.
Vakarewa, who alongside Maisy Gibson joined Hobart this summer following four seasons with the Sydney Thunder, will clash with her former teammates for the first time at West Park this afternoon and tomorrow. The duo moved south for greater opportunities and both will be eager to show the Thunder how they are thriving with more responsibility in Burnie.
“We have played a lot of cricket with them, I don’t know if it will be any different playing against them but we have been trying to share as much as we can with the group,” Vakarewa said. “There is always nerves in any game but it is a bit of excitement as well, we know the girls really well, I played a long time with them.
“They [the Hurricanes] have put a lot of trust in us to do the job with the ball and I feel Maisy has been bowling really well.
“We have definitely been bowling more in this team and have a lot more opportunity, it has been good so far.”
The Hurricanes made one change from the squad which lost to Adelaide and Brisbane last weekend, replacing struggling opener Stefanie Daffara with Brooke Hepburn.
Despite the deflating results from last weekend after going 2-0 against the Melbourne Stars, Vakarewa is backing the Hurricanes to respond on the northwest coast.
“We obviously didn’t get the results we wanted last weekend, but everyone has been working really hard in the lead-up to this weekend.
“We have got enough experience in and around the group and obviously some really good players to know to move forward.”