On this day in 2015, Rene Farrell was announced as the first Rebel Women’s Big Bash League signing for Sydney Thunder ahead of the inaugural tournament.
Farrell went on to become one of the league’s most respected bowlers, snaring 79 wickets in 66 matches.
At the time of the announcement of her signing, Farrell spoke of her dream to win the inaugural tournament.
“I love the group of the players that we’re building the team with. I think we’ll have a good chance of holding up the title this year,” said Farrell.
“Every time you go out on the field you want to win, but to win the inaugural Women’s Big Bash League and to hold the trophy up… hopefully we’ll be standing alongside the men’s team and have the double.”
Seven months later, Farrell was a driving force as Thunder became the first club to win both titles in the same season.
After five seasons in green, Farrell announced her retirement from all cricket following Thunder’s final game of WBBL|05.
Acting General Manager Chris Botherway said Farrell would be remembered as a player whose quick wit, and warmth towards her teammates and staff members, was as important to the club as her obvious talent as a strike bowler.
“Rene Farrell is a well-loved member of Sydney Thunder, and her ability to instil confidence in her teammates with her bright – but fiercely competitive – nature is a rare gift,” he said.
“Her contribution to the success and culture of Sydney Thunder is impossible to measure.
“She is also an important figure in our history, being the first signing the club announced and having a starring role in our WBBL|01 triumph.
“Rene was signed because of the many positive aspects it was thought she could bring to Thunder. Anyone who knows her will testify she exceeded all expectations.”
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