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Cawley named in 2018 Irish Senior Academy squad

Thursday, December 14th, 2017

aaron-cawley-ireland-squad Munster Reds and Cork County all-rounder Aaron Cawley was named in the Cricket Ireland Shapoorji Pallonji Men’s Senior Academy squad for 2018. The news comes shortly on the back of his inclusion in the Ireland squad which flies out to New Zealand in the coming weeks to take part in the ICC U19 World Cup.

36 players were named in the latest Cricket Ireland Shapoorji Pallonji Senior and Emerging Academies for the year ahead. 21 of those are in the senior ranks, with five players gaining elevation from last year’s Emerging squad.

They are Rush top-order batsman Stephen Doheny, North County paceman Fionn Hand, Ballyspallen all-rounder Graham Kennedy, Merrion opening bowler Max Neville and Ireland U19 captain Harry Tector, an off-spinner and top order batsman with YMCA and Munster Reds.

Other new faces in the squad include left-arm spinners Ross Allen and Tom Stanton along with emerging fast bowlers David Delany and Aaron Cawley. Six of the senior Academy squad have international experience with James Shannon, Simi Singh, Tyrone Kane, Josh Little, Sean Terry and Lorcan Tucker all capped at senior level.

As well as international honours the Academy was rewarded with individual honours for James Shannon, Simi Singh and Harry Tector at the Turkish Airlines Cricket Ireland Awards 2017, while Academy Coach Ryan Eagleson was awarded Coach of the Year.

There are no fewer than 12 new additions to the Emerging group, five of whom will be representing Ireland Under 19’s in the World Cup next month in New Zealand. They are Phoenix all-rounder Ian Anders, Coleraine leg-spinner Varun Chopra, Pembroke’s talented all-rounder JJ Garth, Rush batting prodigy Neil Rock and Clontarf batsman Andrew Vincent.

Academy Manager Peter Johnston is really pleased with this years intake of players saying:  “We have two really strong Academy groups. It’s great to see the potential in the Emerging group while the Senior Academy contains some exciting athletes who are pushing hard for opportunities with the Wolves and senior team. Indeed, with central contracts still to be announced in the New Year, there is a chance one or two players may move up into the senior squad then.

“Every year the bar gets raised and we are developing good depth covering all bases. While our programme offers a great deal of support, ultimately it comes down to the athletes to take ownership and they should not see their efforts as a sacrifice, but as a positive decision to be the best they can be at their sport and play against the best in the world.” 

The Senior and Emerging Academy train weekly on a regional basis in North County, Jordanstown, and Bready with the support of Ryan Eagleson and Ian McGregor. In addition to these sessions specialist guest coaches are brought in for skill set weekends throughout the winter. There are also a number of educational sessions, drawing from other sports, sport psychology and wellbeing. While Academy players follow fitness programs put in place by lead Strength and Conditioning Coach Brendan Connor. 

There will be an Easter Academy training camp at the European Centre in La Manga, followed by a Wolves tour to the West country to play Bath and Gloucestershire. The final stages are also being compiled for a busy summer programme at all levels.

“This pre-season formula certainly helped many of our players to kick-start their season and have momentum going into the domestic season, and I don’t see next year as being any different. With so many exciting Irish and Wolves fixtures planned for next summer, along with our First-Class domestic Provincial competition there has never been a better time to be an emerging player.”

CRICKET IRELAND SHAPOORJI PALLONJI SENIOR ACADEMY

Ross Allen, Rory Anders, Aaron Cawley, David Delany, Stephen Doheny, Shane Getkate, Fionn Hand, Tyrone Kane, Graham Kennedy, Josh Little, James McCollum, Robert McKinley, Max Neville, James Shannon, Simi Singh, Nathan Smith, Tom Stanton, Harry Tector, Jack Tector, Sean Terry, Lorcan Tucker.

CRICKET IRELAND SHAPOORJI PALLONJI EMERGING ACADEMY

Ian Anders, Varun Chopra, JJ Garth, Gavin Hoey, James Hunter, Kyle Magee, Reece Malone, Oliver Metcalfe, Cian Nulty, Marcus Poskitt, Neil Rock, Sean Stanton, Alex Stiles, Mitchell Thompson, Andrew Vincent.

Matchday Info: Munster Reds v Northern Knights

Thursday, May 25th, 2017

Northern-Knights_FBThe Mardyke plays host to the first game for the Munster Reds in the Hanley Energy T20 Series on Friday evening starting at 5pm. Munster Cricket will be taking a step forward into history, and we want you to be a part of it!

It’s a huge day for Munster Cricket, as the senior representative side, the Munster Reds, take on the Northern Knights in the Hanley Energy Interprovincial T20 Series, a milestone step for Munster, having been out of the Interprovincial competition for so long.

With plenty going on before, during, and after the game on Friday to keep those of all ages entertained, come down and see the fast-paced, smashing action of a Twenty20 in person!

Sea of Red

Munster Cricket are asking for all of those coming down on Friday evening to wear red, and create a ‘Sea of Red’ to support the side in their first game at the top level.

We have seen the incredible effect this has produced for other sporting sides from the province, and we know that every single advantage counts on the field of play.

Matchday Information

Gates will be open in the Mardyke at 4pm ahead of a 5pm start, and we encourage fans to come down early and enjoy the beautiful surroundings of the Mardyke, with a fully stocked bar, including confectionary and drinks for the smaller ones, serving throughout the game and into the evening.

We will also have kids cricket games going on before and during the match, to give kids their first chance to pick up a bat, or have a bowl, in a fun and safe environment. This will be supervised by the Munster Regional Development Officer Jim Doran, who has over 10 years’ experience delivering fun cricket courses to children of all ages, but parents are welcome to come and get involved!

There will be a DJ playing music ahead of the game, and scorecards on the day for all to take their own score and bring it home as a momento. There is no assigned seating at the ground, so fans are encouraged to bring their own seats, or better yet a blanket, and enjoy a scenic sunset with a picnic on the banks of the Lee.

Tickets are available on the gate, and are priced:

  • •  €5 for adults 
  • •  €2 for a child.

The match will begin at 5 and end before 9pm, and with all this going on the Mardyke offers the best value for Friday night entertainment in the city!

Please note the following:

  • •  No one will be able to enter the stadium with alcohol or glass.
  • •  Please do not enter the pitch area at any time and adhere to the stadium ground regulations
  • •  There will be stewards and security on site to assist you with your enquiries on the day, and to ensure that the event runs smoothly and safely, so please respect their requests.

Traffic & Travel

Mardyke Walk will remain open to traffic during the game, but for health and safety reasons restrictions will be in place. Parking will not be available in the immediate vicinity of the ground, and supporters are encouraged to use alternative methods of transport if possible.

The Mardyke Cricket Ground is just a 15 minute walk from Cork’s city centre, with directions posted below. Bus Eireann city services 205 (Dir: CIT) & 208 (Dir: Bishopstown) also stop a short walk from the ground, and run regularly, see the timetables below.

If one wishes to drive there is disc parking in the residential areas around the ground, and also private parking in the St Finbarr’s Car Park on Wandesford Quay.

Directions

From Cork City:

Go westbound down Washington Street, as far as the junction with Donovan’s Road, where you will see the main gates of University College Cork. Turn right and then take the first left onto Mardyke Walk, the entrance gate is 150 yards on the right.

From Dennehy’s Cross:

Carry into the city on the Wilton Road, passing the AIB Bank on your left, and the junction with Gaol’s Cross, the road will follow to the left to Dyke Parade and take the first left onto Mardyke Walk, the entrance gate is 150 yards on the right.

Bus timetables

Bus 205: Cork Kent Station – Patrick’s Street – Washington Street – UCC – CIT

Bus 208: Mayfield – City Centre – UCC – Bishopstown