Throwing punches and cooking pancakes is an unusual way to spend the pre-season, but the ACT Meteors have ditched the nets to focus on community engagement ahead of their WNCL campaign.
The cricket stars were welcomed into schools, nursing homes and community centres to help promote the game on Wednesday, as Cricket ACT prepares for their biggest summer in history.
The Meteors are set to play four home fixtures over the 2019-20 WNCL season, which will see two extra games per state for the premier female 50-over competition.
They'll play two matches at Manuka Oval and Phillip Oval apiece during January and February, just weeks before the city hosts five women's Twenty20 World Cup fixtures.
Cricket ACT have struggled to attract community support with limited WNCL fixtures in recent years, but captain Erin Osborne hopes the additional matches will help bolster attendances.
"The amount of cricket that's going to be played in Canberra over the summer is really exciting," Osborne said.
"It's a great opportunity for young kids to watch cricket and be inspired to follow their dreams.
"We're looking forward to playing more WNCL games at home and hopefully we can help inspire the next generation.
"It's something we're really proud of and hopefully we can do Canberra proud and play finals this year."
The Meteors will begin their campaign with a road trip double against Victoria and South Australia in Adelaide next month.
Batswoman Amy Yates could get a chance to make her league debut against her home-state Victoria if she impresses ACT selectors ahead of the opening fixture.
The 20-year-old joined the Meteors' high performance program after claiming the Una Paisley Medal for the best player in Victorian premier grade last year.
Yates admitted it would be strange to play against her former side but hopes her inside knowledge will help her selection case.
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"Making my debut would be a dream come true," Yates said.
"I think I have an advantage because I know a lot of the Victorian players.
"I've played with them since I was in the under-12's so I think I can help the team in that regard and hopefully give them a few hints. I want to beat them more than anyone else, second to NSW."
The NSW Breakers have dominated the national league and have won 20 titles from 23 seasons, but the Meteors have set their sights on breaking their dream run.
With the likes of Maitlan Brown, Carly Leeson and Sarah Coyte in the mix, Osborne believes they've struck the perfect balance between youth and experience to claim their maiden title.
"The energy levels around the group are really exciting," Osborne said.
"It feels like a whole new team even though there's only been a couple of changes. It adds energy to the group which is almost like a refresh.
"It's been a long preseason but the team is fitter than it's ever been before and we're challenging each other to continually improve as individuals on and off the field.
"Everyone is performing exceptionally well and I think we're on track to have a good season."
The 2019-20 season will begin on September 21 but will have a three-month break during the first standalone season of the Women's Big Bash League.
METEORS' WNCL DRAW
September 22: Victoria v ACT, Adelaide
September 24: South Australia v ACT, Adelaide
January 6: NSW v ACT, Sydney
January 7: ACT v Queensland, Sydney
January 21: ACT v Queensland, Manuka
January 23: ACT v NSW, Manuka
February 4: ACT v Western Australia, Phillip
February 6: ACT v Tasmania, Phillip