Reducing travel for Raiders is key says club chairman Chris Mitchell

With Cricket Tasmania announcing a review of its Women's Premier League competition, Greater Northern Raiders chairman Chris Mitchell says he will be using the opportunity to push for the women's program to spend less time on the road.

The Raiders completed their first season in March with a semi-final loss in the T20 competition, impressing despite having to travel across the state more than their opponents.

Mitchell said the club was intent on reducing the travel impact on its female players.

"We haven't got too many issues with the competition itself, but in saying that, we have only been in it for one year," he said.

"Travel and scheduling are the biggest issues for our girls, we want to try as much as possible to have double-headers to reduce the extra trips down to Hobart.

"The girls also want to be able to play in most of their local matches, as they are all connected with a home club as well as the Raiders.

"They are the two guiding principles that we have been working to year one and it will be something we are hopeful of working towards."

GREAT START: The Greater Northern Raiders were able to overcome the heavy travel load to host a semi-final in their inaugural season in the competition. Picture: Brodie Weeding

GREAT START: The Greater Northern Raiders were able to overcome the heavy travel load to host a semi-final in their inaugural season in the competition. Picture: Brodie Weeding

Mitchell said improving the women's program from within was also a priority for the club.

"The major focus we have got is internal, making sure we can be the best we can be and get the best outcome for the girls to get on the park," he said.

"We want the girls to have every opportunity to play games, whether that it here, there or anywhere."

Mitchell said he was impressed with the performance of the team in their first year and believed the coaches deserved a lot of credit.

"We were rapt with how the girls went in their first season and we were rapt with the two coaches in Darren Simmonds and Robbie Stewart, they really gelled together," he said.

Cricket Tasmania chief executive Dominic Baker said the review was an important step for women's elite cricket in the state.

"The review is being undertaken to ensure that women's premier cricket is providing a strong and competitive environment to breed and foster current and future Tigers and Hurricanes players," he said.

"By delivering on this, the competition will be providing a high quality experience for all stakeholders that in turn retains players and attracts players to the game in Tasmania.

"Changes are always being considered by CT but the current review is being led independently in consultation with the CTPL clubs and key stakeholders.

"The scope of the review is also unlike what has been undertaken previously. The review is encompassing of all aspects of all CTPL women's competitions.

"Several other premier competitions around Australia have undergone similar processes in the past 12 months."

Baker said Cricket Tasmania will take its time before getting clubs involved again.

"The process is ongoing currently. We're aiming to have recommendations within the next eight weeks that we can then discuss with the CTPL clubs," he said.

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