WNCL 2016

WNCL: All you need to know

The complete guide to Australia's women's domestic one-day competition, kicking off on Thursday October 13

Laura Jolly

12 October 2016, 01:31 PM AEST

Laura Jolly is a Melbourne-based journalist for cricket.com.au. She previously wrote for News Corp Australia and the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015. 

A massive summer for Australia's top cricketers will begin tomorrow when the Women's National Cricket League gets underway in Brisbane.

The 50-over competition will be launched with an action-packed opening weekend of matches, featuring nine matches across four days.

For the first time in over a decade, there's a new reigning champion - thanks to South Australia's breakthrough victory last summer - and with an ICC Women's World Cup next year, players have the chance to prove themselves in the one-day format and attract the attention of the national selectors.

Fresh off their successful tour of Sri Lanka, the Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars headline an exciting crop of talent that also features international stars Charlotte Edwards and Isobel Joyce and the country's best up-and-coming players.

To make sure you're ready to follow Australia’s best in the WNCL, here's all you need to know.

What is it and where?

Meg Lanning will again captain Victoria // Getty
Meg Lanning will again captain Victoria // Getty

The WNCL will also be played as three mini carnivals throughout October and November, starting with two simultaneous games on October 13 and culminating in the final on December 3.

The tournament features seven teams, with matches played across Australia at international venues including the Gabba, Manuka Oval, WACA and Blundstone Arena, and suburban venues including Jubilee Park and Casey Fields (Melbourne), Blacktown (Sydney), Woodville Oval (Adelaide) and Allan Border Field (Brisbane).

Quick single: All the WNCL ins and outs for 2016-17

After each side has played six matches, the teams placed first and second will meet in the final.

Last year, the Breezair South Australia Redbacks ended NSW Breakers's remarkable 10-year winning streak to claim their maiden WNCL title.

Who's playing?

Alyssa Healy in action for the Breakers // Getty
Alyssa Healy in action for the Breakers // Getty

All seven teams have now lodged their 14-player squads, with international stars featuring in each side. You can read a comprehensive guide to the squad changes here.

ACT Meteors

 Lily Bardsley, Samantha Bates, Kris Britt, Kira Churchland, Jodie Fields, Nicole Goodwin, Nicola Hancock, Jodie Hicks, Claire Koski, Emily Leys, Katie Mack, Rebecca Maher, Erin Osborne, Angela Reakes

NSW Breakers

 Sarah Aley, Alex Blackwell (c), Nicola Carey, Lauren Cheatle, Stefanie Daffara, Rene Farrell, Ashleigh Gardner, Maisy Gibson, Rachael Haynes, Alyssa Healy, Ellyse Perry, Lauren Smith, Naomi Stalenberg, Belinda Vakarewa

Queensland Fire

Delissa Kimmince (c), Jemma Barsby,Haidee Birkett, Taylah Brotherston, Tess Cooper, Holly Ferling, Grace Harris, Courtney Hill, Sammy-Jo Johnson, Jessica Jonassen, Bethany Mooney, Georgia Prestwidge, Kara Sutherland, Kirby Short

SA Scorpions

Sam Betts, Sarah Coyte, Jordan Doecke, Charlotte Edwards, Brooke Harris, Sarah Lowe, Tahlia McGrath, Tegan McPharlin, Bridget Patterson, Brittany Perry, Katelyn Pope, Alex Price, Megan Schutt, Amanda-Jade Wellington

Tasmanian Roar

Erin Burns, Katelyn Fryett, Corrine Hall, Brooke Hepburn, Julie Hunter, Isobel Joyce Erin Lawler, Sasha Moloney, Meg Phillips, Veronica Pyke, Celeste Raack, Georgia Redmayne, Emma Thompson


Kristen Beams, Makinley Blows, Hayleigh Brennan, Jess Cameron, Sarah Elliott, Emma Inglis, Hayley Jensen, Emma Kearney, Alana King, Kirsty Lamb, Meg Lanning (c), Anna Lanning, Sophie Molineux, Molly Strano

Western Fury

Nicole Bolton (c), Elyse Villani, Megan Banting, Emma Biss, Melissa Cameron, Mathilda Carmichael, Piepa Cleary, Bhavi Devchand, Heather Graham, Katie Hartshorn, Emma King, Chloe Piparo

Who are the players to watch?

Every member of the Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars squad will feature in the WNCL, alongside the country's most exciting young talent.

Former England captain Charlotte Edwards is the biggest overseas name in this year's tournament, recruited by South Australia, while Ireland captain Isobel Joyce will make her WNCL debut for Tasmania.

Here are seven players to keep a particularly close eye on:

ACT Meteors: Nicola Hancock

The Meteors have added former Victorian Nicola Hancock to their ranks this season. The 20-year-old pace-bowling allrounder was part of the Australia A squad that travelled to Sri Lanka earlier this year and has a promising future in the game.

NSW Breakers: Ashleigh Gardner

The NSW squad includes rising Indigenous talent Ashleigh Gardner, who starred in Sri Lanka for the Shooting Stars earlier this year, scoring the only century of the tour - a match-winning 117 against the hosts. The 19-year-old, who played for the Sydney Sixers in WBBL|01, also captained Australia's national Indigenous women's team on their tour of India in May.

Queensland Fire: Grace Harris

It's been a tough year for Harris - she missed out on the World T20 due to Deep Vein Thrombosis, while her recent campaign in Sri Lanka was also seriously hampered by illness. This is her chance to return to the superb form she showed in the first half of the 2015-16 summer.

SA Scorpions: Charlotte Edwards 

Having represented England in 23 Tests, 191 one-day internationals and 95 Twenty20s, Edwards’ record is unparalleled in the women’s game.

Tasmania Roar: Isobel Joyce 

The former Ireland captain adds some international firepower to the Roar's ranks and has a wealth of experience that will be invaluable for Tasmania.

VicSpirit: Sophie Molineux

Victorian allrounder Sophie Molineux earned a call-up to both the Victoria and Australia A squads after strong performances for the Melbourne Renegades in WBBL|01 and as player of the tournament at this year's Under-18 Championships.

Western Fury: Mathilda Carmichael

A former Hockeyroo, Carmichael has returned to cricket and it will be interesting to watch her progress, given she was an accomplished young cricketer in New South Wales’ junior squads before deciding to concentrate her efforts solely on hockey four years ago.


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How can I follow the WNCL?

All matches will be scored live on cricket.com.au, while we'll also provide added written coverage throughout the tournament.

Elyse Villani has taken over as Fury skipper // Getty
Elyse Villani has taken over as Fury skipper // Getty

What about going to a game?

Not only can you see international superstars including Ellyse Perry and Meg Lanning in the WNCL, you can see them for free! So get along to your nearest venue and support your state.

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