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 Women's National Cricket League for Tasmania and WBBL for the Hobart Hurricanes last season.
She was the first Tasmanian player to be named as the Women's National Cricket League player of the year after a dominant domestic one-day season where she scored 275 runs, including three half-centuries, at an average of 45.83 and snared seven catches and four stumpings — the most dismissals by any wicket-keeper in the competition.
Originally from Alstonville in northern NSW, she relocated to Queensland earlier this year to take up a one-year placement at the Tweed Hospital after completing her studies to become a doctor.
The 25-year-old left-hander played for 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.
An Australia 'A' representative in 2018-19, she made her WNCL debut for NSW in 2014-15.
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.
She has played in the WBBL for Hobart, Perth and the Sydney Thunder.
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.