More than 200 people were on-hand for the event, which featured a Q&A with newly appointed Western Fury captain Chloe Piparo and head coach Lisa Keightley, and Western Warriors vice-captain Ashton Turner alongside incoming head coach Adam Voges. While Perth Scorchers players Heather Graham, Mathilda Carmichael, Jason Behrendorff and Hilton Cartwright shared their expectations for the upcoming W/BBL seasons.

This year represents a new era for the WACA Family, with major cricket matches moving to Optus Stadium.

The WACA continues to work with relevant stake holders to develop the WACA Ground into a community and sporting hub with cricket at its heart.

Community Cricket will also see major changes this summer, with a $35 million dollar investment in to grassroots cricket.

Today’s season launch comes on the eve of the 2018-19 cricket season, with Western Australia commencing its JLT One-Day Cup campaign on Tuesday 18 September against New South Wales at the WACA Ground. The Western Fury open their Women’s National Cricket League (WNCL) tournament Friday 21 September against Victoria at Murdoch University.

The morning was also punctuated with the announcement by WACA CEO Ms Christina Matthews that the WACA and Healthway will continue working together for the fifth year, with Healthway re-signing as Platinum Partner of the WACA for 2018-19.

“The partnership provides Healthway educational opportunities to support the Alcohol.Think Again program and increase awareness and understanding of their message, enabling positive behaviour changes leading to good health,” Ms Matthews said.

“As part of our ongoing partnership, the WACA will continue to promote the Alcohol.Think Again message and further drive cultural and environmental change across the WA cricket community.  We look forward to another successful year as partners.

“I’m really excited about the growth in the game and the money we are putting into community cricket to continue that progress, because that’s where the future lies. It’s a massively exciting time for cricket in WA.

“Cricket in this state has rarely been in such a strong position, with such a positive outlook, and I extend my thanks for helping achieve that to the WACA Board for its direction, WACA staff for their dedication, and volunteers across WA for their devotion to our great game.”