20/04/2024

Salliann Beams. (Image: Tasmania Cricket)

The Tasmanian Tigers will be aiming to become the second team with three or more consecutive title wins in this weekend’s final.

Cricket Tasmania’s General Manager of High-Performance Salliann Beams says that the side is handling the pressure well ahead of their final this weekend.

“Look, they’re pretty good, to be honest. They’re experienced campaigners. What we’ve naturally done is probably put a bit more pressure on them by trying to get a real big crowd in here. So they are not getting complacent,’ Beams said on Thursday.

“They know that the pressure’s on them, being the champions for the last two years. So we’ve got a great leader in at least two years in Elyse Villani as well. It controls those little conversations that she hears and keeps people on the process side of things. So I’m pretty confident they won’t let it get to them.”

Having already won titles, a win on Saturday will see them become the second team to win three or more consecutive titles. Currently, NSW has the crown for winning 10 straight titles between 2005-06 to 2014-15, then six titles between 1996-97 and 2001-02 and then three between the 2016-17 and 2018-19 seasons.

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Beams shared her excitement for the team to have the opportunity to three-peat when they take on the Queensland Fire.

“Yeah, so excited. Not just about what the girls are gonna achieve on the pitch, but as an organisation, we’ve really got momentum going into this final. So getting the supporters on board, getting everyone around it from this day. So I’m really excited to not just see what we do on the pitch, but what’s gonna go in off the pitch,” she said.

“[The girls are] pretty excited. I went to dinner with the captain [Ellsye Villani] last night, actually, and her feedback was ‘we’re really happy with how supportive the organisation have been. We’re really excited to see how many people put a different type of pressure’, and the way I took that was great, she switched on.

“Even though we’re adding pressure, we’re going to make sure she’s going to stay in here and now and that’s where we need it to be.”

Whilst excitement is at an all-time high for the organisation, Beams revealed that regardless of the result on Saturday, the Tigers have made inclusions to the side to ensure long-term success.

“It’s really important to make sure we had a core group of players that we’re going to continue to play for a long time,” she said.

“We haven’t got any retirees coming up very soon either. So, it’s just making sure that when that does happen in a couple of years we are ready for it, we do not want to fall off a cliff in that sense.”

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