On Sunday 9th October the reformed Women’s Premier Seconds One-Day Competition begins with Melton hosting Napoleons/Sebastopol and last season’s runners-up Coburg playing Ringwood. Brighton District were due to host newcomers Carlton-Brunswick however the game has been washed out.
Melton will aim to replicate last year’s title success and if Stephanie Theodore, a top order bat, who accumulated an impressive 659 runs at an average of 73.22, including two centuries and four fifties, can carry her fine form through to this season, then Melton certainly have a good chance. They will be hoping their 2015/16 leading wicket-taker - Kerri Garwood – can continue where she left off after claiming 18 wickets at just 11.89 with best figures of 3-10.
Napoleons/Sebastopol, fifth last season, place their title hopes on joint leading wicket-takers Debbie Jones and Bethany Taylor – sixth and seventh of the competition, taking 20-apiece at 11.60 and 13.40 respectively. All-rounders Jones and Taylor also doubled-up as the club’s leading run-scorers, accumulating 511 at 63.14 and 271 at 41.56 respectively. If both can continue their impressive form then the side might be tough to beat.
Coburg will be hoping the club and competition’s leading wicket-taker, young spinner Erika Quinn can shine again as they seek to make the finals, and go one better than last year. Quinn took 28 wickets at 12.43 with best figures of 4-31. Renee Melton was their leading run-scorer, fifth in the competition with 429 at 61.29. Coburg will look to their number three to replicate that form as they chase the title.
Ringwood, ninth last season, look to signings in wicketkeeper and top-order batter Madeline Wright from Prahran, and left-arm pace bowler Ashleigh Peck from Brighton District to lift their performance. Wright played most of her season in the First XI and overall claimed nine wickets including 4-20 in a T20 against Plenty Valley. The club has also signed Tess Flintoff, a young quick bowler and a leg spinner from the UK – Sarah Earl. Ringwood have appointed a new coach, Scott McNaughton, and by club accounts has already sparked something in the players who are ready and eager for Round One.
Brighton District just missed out on finals in 2015/16 as they finished third in both the T20 and One-Day competitions. This season they will mount a strong challenge for the title, and have the players to do so. They have the third and fifth leading wicket-takers in Georgette Psaila and Ashlea Wilson who claimed 24 and 21 wickets respectively.
Carlton-Brunswick are the newcomers to the competition, with Brunswick CC forming an exciting new partnership with Carlton CC. With a young and talented playing list, the team will be boosted with the inclusion of the experienced Leanne Leggieri and UK import Alexandra Rogers.
Written by Georgia Isaac