Ingrained with a rich history, the Glenda Hall Shield will once again be lifted as the final four squads duel it out in an ACT cricket showcase this Sunday at EPC Solar Park.
Three games are scheduled to take place over the course of the day, with the action beginning at 9:30 am as undefeated Western District take on a resilient Queanbeyan.
Captain of Western District, Claire Russell, spoke with confidence to the media on Friday, despite the ominous skies, as she laid out the blueprint for her team's successful season so far.
“We love T20 cricket, we have a lot of individuals in this team that bring something different, so we’re excited for everyone to play their role and put us in the right position.” said Russell
Russell promoted her teammates Grace Kuchlmayr and Cherie Taylor, warning that Kuchlmayr is lethal with the ball and Taylor’s form with the bat is scary for oppositions.
Eastlake will then take the stage at 1pm, firing on all cylinders and hoping to take down the fierce bunch from Tigerland, the Ginninderra Tigers.
Janet King, the Eastlake slugger also spoke with the media on Friday to discuss the feeling around the camp and how the team will prepare ahead of Sunday.
“Feeling really good, we are going in confident… We have all played finals, so we are kind of used to it, last few years have always been the same at this field (EPC Solar Park), I love this field.” said King.
King is averaging 61 runs in the Glenda Hall Shield competition, with a top score of 84 against ANU back in December. She also spoke highly of her teammates Liz Edwards and Marissa Eldridge. Edwards for her ability to be dynamic with bat and ball and how Eldridge has taken to the game in such a short time.
All the players, coaches and supporters have been praying for clear skies all week, hoping they’re answered when the first ball of the final is scheduled to hit the deck at 4:30 pm and a winner will be crowned under the lights of EPC Solar Park.
A disruptive and weather affected ACT women’s T20 series will come to a close after Sunday, with everyone involved in the sport thankful and humbled after the events that happened in Northern NSW and Queensland earlier this week.
The devastated communities experiencing these large downpours and flash flooding are in the thoughts and minds of the entire nation.
Sport has always united Australians in the good and bad times, it can’t change the destruction but a competitive exhibition of some of the best women’s T20 cricket may offer some joy and distraction, even just for a day.