18/04/2024

Georgia Redmayne. (Image: Queensland Cricket)

Three years on since Georgia Redmayne led the Queensland Fire to their first-ever Women’s National Cricket League (WNCL) title, the top-order batter and wicketkeeper is ready for a shot at a second title during this weekend’s final against the Tasmanian Tigers.

“It does feel like a long time ago now, three years I think now. Certainly, some good memories to draw back on,” Redmayne said on Thursday.

However, there comes an added challenge for the Fire, who will see a trio of crucial names absent from this Saturday’s game. Queensland will be without Jess Jonassen, Grace Harris, and Laura Harris as the trio will be in India for the Women’s Premier League (WPL) this week.

Whilst Redmayne acknowledges the loss of the trio, she is optimistic that it won’t be a significant loss for the side heading into Saturday’s final.

“We’ve got a pretty similar team to we did back [in 2021]. We’re just missing a couple of the Harris girls. But a lot of the squad is quite similar so it’s really good to have that experience and know that we can go into a grand final and get the job done,” she said.

“It tends to be in a very strong way up in the last couple of seasons. They’ve really set a standard and put together a good squad.”

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Having come close to victory over the last few years, including in last year’s WNCL final where the squad finished second, the upcoming final has Queensland and Redmayne aiming to go that one step further against Tasmania.

“I think you know we’ve been really really consistent as a squad over several formats the last couple of years, but we’ve always been there thereabouts and really competitive,” she said.

“We found the last couple of years we’ve been finishing third and fourth a lot, especially kind of Big Bash and one of our mantras all through pre-season was trying to get from that bronze to gold.

“We know we’re a good talented team, but trying to make sure that we win those crunch moments and get ourselves into the finals and win titles.

“We saw in Big Bash that we managed to get silver. So hopefully one more step and hopefully gold in the WNCL.”

How the Fire intends to do just that? They’ll have to look no further than the line-up who will be taking to the field on Saturday.

Redmayne praised the squad, sharing her excitement about the mixture of players that were up for selection for the final.

“I think it shows a great insight into the depth of our squad. We’ve got some really good homegrown talent and we’re missing three of our best players,” she said.

“But we’re still trying to work out who our best 11 is going to be simply because we’ve got so much depth of options to choose from.

“I think that’s a really good reflection of where our programs are and how we’ve built together a squad not just 11 players.”

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