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Strikers name squad to face Thunder

16 October 2021

Adelaide Strikers have named their maiden squad for Weber WBBL|07, set to take on reigning champions Sydney Thunder at Blundstone Arena from 7.05pm local time.

New captain Tahlia McGrath and young quick Darcie Brown are both available after returning from starring roles in the recent international series against India in Queensland, with dual South African internationals Dane van Niekerk and Laura Wolvaardt also in line for the Strikers season opening clash.

In addition to van Niekerk, Jemma Barbsy, Nell Bryson-Smith and replacement players Tess Cooper and Ella Wilson are all potential debutants, with the final team to be announced at the toss.

Speaking in the wake of the captaincy announcement, McGrath was confident of the Strikers’ chances heading into the tournament, as well as a matchup against last year’s victors.

‘Leading into the competition with the squad we’ve got, we’re really confident in what we can deliver, so really looking forward to kicking off, and quietly confident that we’ve got the squad to do it this year.

‘It’ll be a really good test to see where we are at. Every side on paper looks incredible, so starting off with the Thunder will be a challenge, but it’s one we’ll be up for and hopefully we start off our campaign in winning style.’

Strikers Squad v Sydney Thunder

Jemma Barsby
Darcie Brown
Nell Bryson-Smith
Tess Cooper
Sarah Coyte
Katie Mack
Tahlia McGrath
Tegan McPharlin
Dane van Niekerk
Bridget Patterson

Maddie Penna
Amanda-Jade Wellington
Ella Wilson
Laura Wolvaardt