Last year Johnson and Birkett both took 10 wickets in 14 matches. Johnson has 15 scalps to her name in 30 WBBL games so far and now she has signed a two-year deal with Brisbane Heat. 18-year-old Josie Dooley was a rookie talent of Heat in the last season where she played for the Governor-General’s XI against English team as part of the Women’s Ashes. Birkett has already played 29 games for the Heat and has taken 19 WBBL wickets.
Peter McGiffin, the coach of Brisbane Heat, was excited and stated, “Sammy-Jo and Haidee have worked really hard to develop their games in the past 12 months and are poised to be very important members of the squad this summer. Josie is an exciting prospect and we’re delighted she has joined the Heat. She’s shown for the Queensland Fire that she has a mature head on her shoulders when it comes to her batting and we’re pleased with how her ‘keeping is coming along too.”
Brisbane Heat squad so far announced is:
Jemma Barsby, Haidee Birkett, Josie Dooley, Grace Harris, Sammy-Jo Johnson, Jess Jonassen, Delissa Kimmince, Beth Mooney, Georgia Prestwidge, Kirby Short.