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WBBL Festival Weekend a Hit

28 October 2019

Record home crowds and a thrilling penultimate ball victory have highlighted the Brisbane Heat’s Rebel Women’s Big Bash League Festival Weekend held at Allan Border Field.

The Heat enjoyed fanatical support from home fans at AB Field over the Saturday and Sunday double-headers, with over 4,100 supporters coming through the gates.  

The Festival Weekend was the first time the Heat had charged for tickets for a WBBL match in Queensland and also marked records for the club’s biggest standalone WBBL crowds in Brisbane.  

The carnival atmosphere at the ground was matched by the on-field action where the Heat recorded one win and one loss for the weekend, with the highlight coming yesterday afternoon as Amelia Kerr and Beth Mooney stormed home with the bat to secure a five wicket win over the Hobart Hurricanes with one ball remaining.  

The Heat’s attention will now turn to this weekend’s fixtures against the Adelaide Strikers in Mackay where the club has enjoyed fantastic support over the last two years of playing in the region. 

Great Barrier Reef Arena in Mackay holds the record for the biggest standalone WBBL crowd after 5,650 fans watched the Heat in action against the Strikers in January this year.  

Commenting on the AB Field Festival Weekend, Brisbane Heat General Manager Andrew McShae said, “This weekend’s WBBL Festival has been a significant event for the Brisbane Heat and it is a credit to our champion team and players that we received such fantastic home-crowd support. 

“When the draw for WBBL|04 came out, we had this event penciled in as one we wanted to be well attended, so it is very pleasing to see this work pay off and to know the WBBL is receiving such great support and coverage. 

“Looking around the ground over the weekend, most of the fans here were families and young girls and boys, so a big crowd holds added significance as we know the brilliant performances by Beth Mooney, Jess Jonassen and Amelia Kerr will inspire the next generation of cricketers.” 

On the upcoming games this weekend in Mackay, McShea said: 

“Mackay has become the Brisbane Heat’s second home for the last two seasons, and we are once again expecting to see great support for our champion team at Great Barrier Reef Arena.  

“The Mackay Regional Council have been fantastic supporters of the WBBL and together we are working on bringing another memorable event to life. Fans can expect all the bells and whistles you would expect from a Brisbane Heat home game, including a fireworks spectacular, plenty of family-friendly fun and on-field entertainment to match.” 

The Heat travel to Mackay on Friday morning for the Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon games against the Adelaide Strikers, with both matches free to attend. A Heat player will be available to speak to media on Friday afternoon, with details to be finalised this week.