Eagle Vale's Belinda Vakarewa joins Hobart Hurricanes

Belinda Vakarewa in her Australian gear. Picture: Hobart Hurricanes
Belinda Vakarewa in her Australian gear. Picture: Hobart Hurricanes

Eagle Vale fast bowler Belinda Vakarewa has signed on to represent the Hobart Hurricanes in the upcoming Women's Big Bash League season.

The Australian representative played with the Campbelltown-Camden Ghosts and was one of Sydney Thunder's stand-out bowlers for the past few seasons.

She has now relocated to Tasmania for her newest challenge.

"I'm very excited to join the Hurricanes," Vakarewa said.

"It's a big move for me and I'm hoping to do well.

"The people have been really welcoming so far and Tasmania is a good place.

"[Head coach] Salliann Briggs is a great leader and mentor and I'm looking forward to working with her more."

Vakarewa said family was a big reason she made the move to the Apple Isle.

"My mum lives here and we're really close, with me still being pretty young," the 21-year-old said.

"I moved to Tasmania a week and a bit ago now. I don't think women's professional cricket is at a place any more where you can live in another state from where you play, considering the level of training."

Vakarewa said there were plenty of familiar faces in the squad, including fellow recruit Nicola Carey.

"I know Nic quite well from NSW squads and the Thunder," she said.

"I've actually moved in with Nic and a few of the other girls, we've got a house together."

Vakarewa has appeared in all four seasons of the WBBL so far, played 39 matches, taking 21 wickets at an economy rate of a tick over six and a strike rate of 21.3.

Vakarewa said she hoped to "play some good cricket" and settle into her new environment quickly.

"I'm still getting used to the weather," she said.

"I had my first training session in the field the other day and my hands didn't warm up until the very end.

"There's going to be a bit of an adjustment from Sydney weather."

She hopes the Hurricanes can secure the WBBL title this year.

Briggs said she was excited to work with the young pace bowler.

"We were very pleased to have the opportunity to bring Belinda down to our program in Tasmania," Briggs said.

"She adds more fire to our attack and is another in a line of up and coming fast bowlers within the Australian setup.

"We're looking forward to seeing what she'll bring."