Interest in women's sport and cricket is at an all-time high, with record numbers of young female fans now playing the game, while broadcast and crowd numbers continues to rise.
This season the Heat play 14 home and away WBBL|03 matches, kicking off this weekend against the Perth Scorchers on Sunday at North Sydney Oval.
2017-18 will be the third season of the WBBL, with the Heat having finished in the top four once. In season one the team finished one win outside of making the semifinals, while in WBBL|02, the Heat finished third on the competition ladder before going down to the Perth Scorchers in the semifinal.
The goal for the squad is simple this season. Go one better and make the final and hopefully win the competition!
The Heat get our campaign underway in a repeat of last season's semifinal against the Perth Scorchers. Like last season, a festival of WBBL action will grace North Sydney Oval for the competition's opening weekend.
Four games will be played at North Sydney, all broadcast live on Channel TEN.
The Heat and Scorchers will meet on Sunday morning, with the game starting at 9:45am QLD time. Tune into Ten for all the live action.
Players To Watch
Heat wicket-keeper / opening batter Beth Mooney is currently one of international cricket's in-form players.
Mooney's sensational WBBL|02 campaign saw her crowned Player of the Tournament, before she continued to shine on the international stage. In February she became the first Queenslander to score a One-Day International century against New Zealand, while more recently she scored a superb T20I century for Australia in their victorious Women's Ashes campaign.
The other Heat players to don the green and gold during the Ashes were all-rounder Jess Jonassen and Delissa Kimmince. Jonassen and Kimmince are both middle-order batters, with the former a left-arm spinner and the latter a handy seam bowler. If both are firing this season then it will certainly bode well for the Heat winning plenty of games this summer.
West Indies recruit Deandra Dottin will line up for her second season in teal after playing a starring role with the Heat in WBBL|02. A big hitter of the ball and a classy seam bowler, Dottin is a pure match-winner and is crucial for the club this season.
Haidee Birkett is one of the younger players in the squad to watch out for. Birkett showed her wears in the field last summer with some superb catching, while she also provides a very handy option with the ball. At just 21-years-of-age, she is definitely a player on the rise!
The Heat play five matches in Queensland, including a massive double-header with our BBL team on Saturday the 27th of January at the Gabba. Your game day ticket will allow you to watch both games!
Our first home game will be played next Friday the 15th of December at 2pm at Allan Border Field and will include free entry to the ground.
The Heat's second game to be broadcast live on TEN will see us travel to Adelaide on News Years Eve, where our BBL team will also be playing that evening. New Years Eve in Adelaide is always a big affair and it promises to be another big crowd in attendance.
For the first time an official Heat WBBL game will be taken to regional Queensland when we meet the Melbourne Stars in back-to-back games under lights in Mackay on Friday January 12th and Saturday January 13th.
Click here for a full list of fixtures.
How To Follow
All Heat games will be live-streamed on cricket.com.au, while also carried on lifestyle website Mamamia in an exciting development for the league.
Two Heat games will be shown live on Channel Ten, plus all semifinals and the WBBL final.