De Broughe, a rising star in both cricket and hockey, set a searing pace out front in the 2km trial at the Adelaide Uni Loop in North Adelaide on Tuesday afternoon.

The 18-year-old led the way ahead of fellow youngster Eliza Doddridge, who was a vocal presence in a sign of her growing leadership and confidence, and Australian National Performance Squad member Tahlia McGrath.

Batter Bridget Patterson ran well to finish fourth while Annie O’Neil and Shae Daly battled to the line for fifth place.

New signings Darcie Brown and Stacey Oates fitted in seamlessly alongside their new teammates with only bowler Samantha Betts unavailable due to commitments with Hampshire’s women’s team in the UK.

McGrath, selected as part of an Australia A squad to tour England next month, said enthusiasm was high with a few fresh faces amongst the squad.

“The 2k’er you’re always nervous with the first run of the year, but I thought we all did really well. Everyone’s been working really hard over the offseason and results definitely showed today,” McGrath said.

“Emma led from the front. She’s an elite runner and the dual-athlete certainly came through. She’s brought a whole new energy to the group and it’s really good to have her leading the front today.

“It’s good to have a few new faces on board.”

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New coach Luke Williams and assistant Jude Coleman were also eager to put their own spin on a short skills session after the trial which included sharp fielding drills, mini games and agility work.

“Not sure what Luke’s got in store for us!” McGrath said of Williams.

“New coach on board so there’s a little bit of an unknown, but I’m sure we’re going to get put through our paces.”

Women’s National Cricket League champions in 2015-16, the Scorpions slumped to seventh spot last summer despite strong campaigns from McGrath and Patterson in particular.

2018-19 Andrea McCauley Trophy winner McGrath said the squad was willing to put in the work as a whole to achieve success this season.

“It’s a really good feeling (to be back). We’re a pretty close group and it’s good to be in each other’s company again,” she said.

“You sort of see each other every now and again around Adelaide Oval but to be back as a whole group again is really exciting and hopefully the start of a really big pre-season.”