The Hobart Hurricanes will return to the City of Launceston this summer to call Invermay Park home due to resurfacing works scheduled at the University of Tasmania Stadium.
The Hurricanes have enjoyed a great level of success in Launceston throughout the first four years of the WBBL, winning six of nine matches played in the state’s north including a thrilling win over last summer’s eventual champions, the Brisbane Heat.
“We’re confident Invermay Park is the right fit and we’ll work in collaboration with our great partners at the City of Launceston to put on a showcase event that hopefully draws a big crowd,” said Cricket Tasmania Chief Executive, Nick Cummins.
“Big Bash has been a revelation here in the North of the state, that’s a fact given the crowds we’ve been able to attract over the past two years,” said City of Launceston Mayor Albert van Zetten.
“The WBBL Hurricanes players are role models for young girls and women taking up the sport – with huge numbers now playing cricket through school and clubs.”
“We certainly look forward to hosting games this season, and look forward to hosting two of the new Hurricanes’ recruits Tayla Vlaeminck and Nicola Carey – players who have already been capped at an international level.”
“I have no doubt the cricket-loving public of the North will get right behind this fixture.”
Also, Hurricanes have announced that Burnie will host its WBBL side’s first two home matches of their campaign. In partnership with the Burnie City Council, the Hurricanes took matches to the North-West for the first time last summer with great success as 2,000 people turned out for two fixtures vs. the Melbourne Stars.
Cummins added, “The Burnie City Council have been great to work with in sharing our vision of being Tasmania’s team, the success of last year is a great foundation with which we will build upon come October.”
Burnie City Council Mayor, Steve Kons said he was “Excited that Women’s Big Bash is coming back to Burnie for a second season.
“I am looking forward to seeing the community activities that will be rolled out during the week prior to the games; these Breakfast Clubs and school clinics are an excellent way to encourage our young people to get active and take part in the different sports on offer.”
WBBL|05 Fixtures will be announced on 12th June.