McAllister assumes interim role as squads announced for Women’s Academy, Under-19s and Under-15s
DUBLIN - Cricket Ireland has today announced that Fintan McAllister will take up temporary duties as Women’s Performance Coach in the national set-up and Women’s Academy until the end of the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Qualifier, as squads were announced for Academy and under-age fixtures in July and August.
McAllister will work alongside Interim Head Coach Ed Joyce in the senior international side, while also coaching the Academy side in three upcoming fixtures.
“It’s great to have the opportunity to work with Ed in the build-up to the Qualifier, and also lead the Women’s Academy side for these games against Scotland Academy. The Academy is a brilliant stepping stone for players between club cricket and international cricket, providing an opportunity for those wanting to develop their game and push for higher honours. I know the players have been working extremely hard over the last number of months and good progress is being made, and I’m looking forward to supporting the work in improving and developing the next generation of senior internationals.”
• 23 July: Ireland Women’s Academy vs Scotland Women’s Academy - 50 over - Rush
• 25 July: Ireland Women’s Academy vs Scotland Women’s Academy - 50 over - North County
• 26 July: Ireland Women’s Academy vs Scotland Women’s Academy - 20 over - Phoenix
Rachel Delaney (Captain) (Merrion), Amy Hunter (Instonians), Caoimhe McCann (Malahide), Hannah Little (Pembroke), Jane Maguire (The Hills), Leah Paul (Merrion), Orla Prendergast (Pembroke), Sophie MacMahon (Leinster), Anna Kerrison (Malahide), Naomi Matthews (Waringstown), Rebecca Stokell (Leinster), Amy Kenealy (Leinster), Cara Murray (Saintfield/Waringstown) .
Commenting on McAllister’s appointment, Cricket Ireland Performance Director Richard Holdsworth said:
“Fintan has been a great asset to the women’s senior squad in a Specialist Fielding and Wicket-Keeping Coach capacity at various times over the last couple of years. His coaching has progressed immensely and I would like to acknowledge and thank the support of Cricket Leinster in supporting the secondment of Fintan during this period.”
The Ireland Under-19s Women’s squad
The Ireland Under-19s women’s squad will travel to Northamptonshire in the middle of August to play against their county side, which will provide invaluable experience for the players involved.
• 20 August: Ireland Under-19s Women vs Northamptonshire - 50 over - Finedon Dolben CC
• 21 August: Ireland Under-19s Women vs Northamptonshire - 50 over - Kettering Town CC
• 23 August: Ireland Under-19s Women vs Northamptonshire - 20 over - Burton Latimer CC
Cara Murray (Captain) (Saintfield/Waringstown), Alana Dalzell (Bready), Sarah Forbes (YMCA), Jennifer Hanna (Donaghcloney Mill), Amy Hunter (Instonians), Hannah Little (Pembroke), Jane Maguire (The Hills), Tess Maritz (Clontarf), Eimear Mullen (Pembroke), Mya Naughton (YMCA), Cliodhna O’Reardon (The Hills), Jenny Sparrow (Leinster), Cliona Tucker (Pembroke).
The Ireland Under-15s Girls squad
The Ireland Under-15s girls squad will travel to the Netherlands at the end of July to play five T20 games against their Dutch counterparts.
Head Coach Andrew Poynter said:
“This group of players have worked really hard during the winter program on all aspects of their games. Clare [Shillington] and I are really looking forward to seeing them show off their skills and test themselves in different match situations and different conditions. It’s brilliant that an under-15s squad can go to the Netherlands and play against another international side this early in their development. It should be a trip full of massive learning opportunities.”
• 30 July: Ireland Under-15s girls vs Netherlands Under-15s Girls - 2 x 20 over games - Kampong Cricket Club
• 1 August: Ireland Under-15s girls vs Netherlands Under-15s Girls - 2 x 20 over games - Kampong Cricket Club
• 2 August: Ireland Under-15s girls vs Netherlands Under-15s Girls - 20 over game - Kampong Cricket Club
Amy Hunter (Captain) (Instonians), Katie Brophy (Malahide), Ava Canning (Leinster), Zara Craig (Eglinton), Beth Deacon (Malahide), Georgina Dempsey (Phoenix), Rebecca Gough (Rush), Zoe Hoffman (YMCA), Joanna Loughran (Leinster), Emma McEvoy (YMCA), Ella Pasley (Phoenix), Freya Sargent (Clontarf), Siúin Woods (YMCA) .