A pair of rising stars of Australian cricket will relocate to Queensland to join the Konica Minolta Queensland Fire squad for the coming 2019-20 season.
Georgia Redmayne (Tasmania) and Mikayla Hinkley (NSW) were among the new faces in the Fire squad announced today by Queensland Cricket.
Redmayne played WNCL for Tasmania and WBBL for the Hobart Hurricanes last season and relocated to Queensland earlier this year to take up a medical internship. Originally from Alstonville in northern NSW, Dr Redmayne will do a one-year internship at Lismore and Tweed hospitals.
The 25-year-old was a member of the Gold Coast Dolphins squad in the second half of the season, scoring a century in the Katherine Raymont Shield Final that was washed out and replayed against eventual premiers Wests.
Hinkley, 21, is a right-handed batter who made her WNCL debut for NSW Breakers as a teenager as well as being a member of the Australian Women’s Youth and High Performance programs.
Sandgate-Redcliffe teenager Lilly Mills has also been contracted by the Fire for the first time.
Mills, a Sunshine Coast product who played her junior cricket with the Tewantin-Noosa club, is an off-spinning allrounder who has represented Queensland at U18 level, captained the Cricket Australia XI in youth tournaments, and was a member of the Queensland Academy of Sport squad last year.
Three players from last season’s squad were not contracted. Former Australian player Jess Duffin will focus on her AFLW career while Dutch international Sterre Kalis has returned to the Netherlands to help with her country’s bid for higher international honours. Batter Tess Cooper was also not contracted.
The Fire made the Final of the Women’s National Cricket League last season, losing to NSW in the decider.
2019-20 Konica Minolta Queensland Fire Squad:
Cricket Australia Contracted Players
Jess JONASSEN (University of Qld)
Delissa KIMMINCE (Gold Coast)
Beth MOONEY (Sandgate-Redcliffe)
Haidee BIRKETT (University of Qld)
Josie DOOLEY (Wests)
Holly FERLING (Wests)
Grace HARRIS (Wests)
Sammy-Jo JOHNSON (Gold Coast)
Jemma BARSBY (Sandgate-Redcliffe)
Meagan DIXON (Wests)
Courtney SIPPEL (Wests)
Laura HARRIS (University of Qld)
Lilly MILLS (Sandgate-Redcliffe)
Kirby SHORT (Wests)
Georgia PRESTWIDGE (Sandgate-Redcliffe)
Georgia REDMAYNE (Gold Coast)
Mikayla HINKLEY (TBA)