Western Storm became the most successful team in KIA Super League history on Sunday when they lifted the trophy for an unprecedented second time.
It was the culmination of four years of hard work both on and off the field by those involved.
We caught up with Head Coach, Trevor Griffin to look back on this year’s success and what has been achieved over the last four years.
Western Storm won 11 of their 12 matches this season. What does Trevor put that success down to?
“Throughout the season we’ve talked about how this has been the strongest group that we’ve ever put together,” he said. “I think we’ve seen that throughout this year and especially on Sunday. It’s a very special group and they really showcased their skills and their togetherness. What this group have achieved is something very special and they really deserve the success. We really saw the quality of the group this season and every single player in the squad played a big part.”
Heather Knight played a real captain’s innings in the final and steered her team to the title after making 78 not out. She also passed the 1000-run mark in the competition. Trevor was full of praise for his skipper.
“Heather has really shown the quality and class that she possesses throughout the KSL,” he said “Her innings in the final was certainly the best I’ve seen her play for a long time. It was outstanding. The way she went about it and how she led the group just showed what a world class player she is.”
Deepti Sharma’s innings of 39 not out also played a vital part in Storm’s success in the final and Trevor has been impressed by the India spinner since her arrival.
“Deepti has absolutely embraced Western Storm and how we go about things,” he said. “She has also definitely brought something positive to the group. This is the first time that she’s been over here without the International team or her family, so that was a big challenge for her. She has been absolutely brilliant. She’s still only young and she has a big future ahead of her.”
Trevor was also keen to acknowledge all the work that has gone on behind the scenes to help take Western Storm to the top.
“To think what’s been achieved in the last four years is incredible,” he explained. “Four and a half years ago we didn’t even have any players let alone an infrastructure. The people like Lisa Pagett (Western Storm General Manager) who have worked tirelessly behind the scenes deserve a huge amount of credit. The brand that has been created is something very special. There are so many people who have been involved in making Western Storm what it is today and I can’t thank them enough.
“We’re also so grateful to our supporters for all the miles they’ve traveled and for all the support they’ve given us over the last four years.
“What we’ve been able to create with Western Storm is really exciting and it’s something that each and every one of us should be really proud of. I think this is just the start for the women’s game, and what’s been planned for the future is very exciting.”