Former Australian Development squad batter Mikalya Hinkley will link with the Heat after relocating to Queensland during the winter to take up a contract with the Konica Minolta Queensland Fire.
Promising allrounder Courtney Sippel has re-signed with the club after being part of the squad last season that went onto to claim Brisbane’s maiden WBBL title.
Hinkley, 21, played for the Sydney Thunder in the first year of the WBBL and was part of the squad that claimed the inaugural trophy.
The duo were unveiled today as Heat recruits in Mackay as part of Queensland Cricket’s annual Regional Tour, presented by StreetSmarts.
The QC Regional Tour is an annual event held each August that aligns with Play Cricket Month and the State Government’s Road Safety Week.
The 2019 Tour has seen current and past players and QC’s Community Cricket staff hold clinics and sign-on sessions across Far North, North and Central Queensland, as well as the Mackay Whitsundays region.
Hinkley and Sippel will attend the Mackay Junior Cricket sign-on event this afternoon at Harrup Park.
The WBBL Heat will again play two matches at Great Barrier Reef Arena at Harrup Park in Mackay this season, following on from the success of the past two years where the WBBL games have attracted sell-out crowds.
Brisbane will take on the Adelaide Strikers on 2 and 3 November in Mackay, with both matches being free admission.
A right-handed batter, Hinkley made her Women’s National Cricket League debut for NSW Breakers as a teenager as well as being a member of the Australian Women’s Youth and High-Performance programs.
She has also played in the WBBL for the Perth Scorchers in WBBL|03 and Hobart Hurricanes last season when she was an injury replacement during the tournament.
Hinkley has overcome stress fractures in her foot and leg and a shoulder operation and is keen to make the most of her opportunity with the WBBL|04 champions.
“I couldn’t be more excited about getting the chance with the Heat after making the decision to relocate to Queensland earlier in the year,’’ she said.
“I’ve been able to have a good off-season since recovering from a shoulder operation and am very keen to make the most of whatever opportunities come my way.”
Hinkley produced a match winning 45 not out for Hobart against the Heat last season where she shared in a record partnership for the Hurricanes.
The Penrith product toured Sri Lanka in 2017 with the Australian Development squad where she played alongside current Queensland Fire teammate Georgia Redmayne, who also relocated to Queensland during the off-season.
Hinkley, who has represented NSW at the National Indigenous cricket titles in Alice Springs, traces her Indigenous heritage to the Kunja people, the traditional owners of the lands around Cunnamulla in south-west Queensland.
Sippel continues to build a case as one of the State’s emerging cricketing talents, with the Sunshine Coast teenager a Heat squad member for the first time last year and a Queensland Fire squad member for the past two years.
Originally from the South Burnett region, the allrounder was part of the Queensland Under-18 squad that won the national T20 title last season while she also impressed in Wests’ Premier Cricket win over the Gold Coast to claim the Katherine Raymont Shield.
WBBL|05 Brisbane Heat squad to date: Mikayla Hinkley, Courtney Sippel, Amelia Kerr (international), Sammy-Jo Johnson, Kirby Short, Grace Harris, Jess Jonassen, Delissa Kimmince, Beth Mooney.