The 2012-13 WNCL competition has once again been an interesting competition with many close games and great individual performances.
A great part of this years’ competition has been the improvements of Cripps Tasmania Roar and Western Fury.
Lend Lease Breakers, led by Alex Blackwell, who have dominated this competition for years are once again through to the finals and finished the regular season in first place, just half a point ahead of Konica Minolta Queensland Fire.
Commonwealth Bank VicSpirit closely followed with a last-ditch win over the Breakers in Melbourne and the Fury have rounded out the top four with some good team performances this year.
At the Fire we have turned the tables this season and been a strong force in the one-day arena - a reversal of last season, which saw us more dominant in the T20 format. Today at Blacktown International Sportspark the Fury face the Spirit in the league’s battle for third and fourth spots.
The Spirit, captained by Kelly Applebee, contain a lot of experience in their batting line-up and have always figured consistently in the finals series over the last five years.
The Fury, led by up and coming talent and skipper Nicole Bolton and coach Steve Jenkin, have been the surprise packet this season with some impressive performances from a young squad.
Blacktown is known for its flat, lower wickets and will provide good tracks for the batters I am sure.
I would expect some early movement for the opening bowlers, but it will require all teams to bowl to consistent areas and plans to take wickets.
The final at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Sunday between NSW and Queensland is a re-match of the 2005-2006 season, where Fire lost by a narrow margin to NSW.
We have a great motivation to play well as we strive for our first Ruth Preddy Cup. My final unbiased verdict - as with all finals series, there will be those teams disappointed and those who take the glory.
Hopefully we see some top matches and a great advertisement for Australian women's cricket! Good luck to everyone involved.
First Posted 12 January, 2013 11:57AM AEST