“The ongoing schedule since The Hundred has been refreshing for women’s soccer, allowing more opportunities for players to improve their games and push for international recognition.”
By Phoebe Graham – @ phoebeg23
Last Updated: 09/17/21 3:10 pm
As the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy enters its final week, Northern Diamonds’ Phoebe Graham blogs about the top-of-the-table clash against Southern Vipers and how amazing it is to be back with her teammates after The Hundred. …
Imagine the scene …
It’s Friday and we’re on our way to the Ageas Bowl for our final group game in the Rachael Heyhoe Flint competition, against Southern Vipers on Saturday.
With six hours to go, Hoppo [Rachel Hopkins] is throwing question after question: ‘Name your three favorite artists of all time’, leading to: ‘Can you be in love with more than one person?’ ‘Define love.’ Etcetera etcetera.
And so it goes on! Fair play for them: slats [Rachel Slater] and Langers [Beth Langston] they are ready and eager to answer the first round of questions.
It’s unbroken, a description that sums up the cricket schedule from The Hundred.
This has been really refreshing for women’s football because in previous years the national season was short and sweet, which means that the opportunities to improve their game were limited.
You can see the strength he has brought to the England team, allowing rookies and returning stars to form the starting eleven after performances in the domestic game.
Hopefully next year, with more major performances from the Diamonds, we’ll see some of our own diamonds make their way as well.
It has been a brilliant year for us, winning the silver medal at the Charlotte Edwards Cup and we are now in a fantastic position heading into the final week of the Racheal Heyhoe Flint competition.
It’s nice to go back to 50-year-old cricket. I definitely miss the noise, fans, and buzz from The Hundred and T20, but this format gives you the opportunity to work on your game in a very different way.
Get back to cricket basics, really focus on your strengths, and most importantly, enjoy delicious tea if you go bowling first!
Last weekend, after back-to-back victories, it was great to see some of our younger cannons fire, particularly our hitters with Hollie Armitage, Bess Heath, Beth Langston and Sterre Kalis, all scoring half a century.
The best part of being back after The Hundred is the bonding of the Diamonds and how much we enjoy each other’s company on and off the field.
It has been the first full year of professionalism. We have learned a lot and we are looking forward to putting it all into practice this weekend. We are ready to take our game one step further and hopefully bring home more trophies!