No holiday blues for hard-working Hornets
HOT ON the tails of the competition leaders, the Ipswich Hornets women are ready to bounce back into action in the New Year.
With a hectic scheduale of T20 matches now complete, Hornets captain Leanne Bichel said she was impressed with how the young team had handled a tough run of games which coincided with the beginning of the Women's Big Bash League.
"We played a double header and we won the first game against Wests,” she said. "And then we had to travel over to University of Queensland to play Redlands where we ended up losing in the 19.3 over.
"They needed one run off the last over to win and it took them three balls to get it. It was a very skinny one.”
Preparing to come back on January 8 for the one-day competition, Bichel is confident the team can improve on their fourth place position in the Jodie Fields Shield using some tactics learnt in the T20 format.
"It definitely made you think about the game a bit more,” she said. "You only have nine players out there and you really have to think about your bowling because each player can only bowl four overs each.
"We didn't lose many wickets on our way so I don't think we'd change our tactics too much.”
Emerging talent Tamara Gardiner was one of the stand-out performers for the Hornets.
A regular feature in the Ipswich middle-order, the young Darling Downs player has earned herself a promotion to the top after some outstanding batting stands.
"Tamara opened the batting for us in a couple of games,” she said. "Georgia (Voll) and Tamara made a good partnership against the University of Queensland.”
"We put a bit of a challenge out there for her and she took it on with both hands.”
The Hornets return on January 8 against Redlands.