NW Women’s League set to start next week

The 2021 North West Women’s League gets under way next Monday night with six senior sides set to battle it out for this season’s honours (full fixture list attached). For one reason or another only three teams finished the 2020 campaign however much work has gone into re-energising the women’s game over the winter.

Heading into the new season there will now be a second, Development League as well, as Women’s Development Officer Kathryn Rough explains.

“Basically we wanted to go back to basics again and get women and girls playing the sport. It was disappointing to finish with three teams last time so ensuring that we had as many senior teams as possible was a big part of the focus. Thankfully Strabane and Killyclooney are among those back in the senior competition again this season.”

Women’s Development Officer, Kathryn Rough

“The senior league was only one part of the review of course; we then had to look at a pathway for girls to move from the underage set-up into those senior club teams. We also felt it was important to have a competition exclusively for women and girls who just wanted to play for fun. That’s when the idea for the Development League came about.”

“That league looks likely to have five teams and there will be 8 players in each team. Every player will get a chance to bat and bowl, and the emphasis will be very much on the fun side of things. Just to give an example of how it will set up- Ballyspallen have entered a team who are almost exclusively mothers of their underage sides.”

“We are also establishing two girls leagues- one at under-13 and one under-18. Those leagues will provide the pathway avenues. So the pathway for girls who are strong in the under-13 league will be the under-18 league, and from the under-18’s into the senior league.”

“That’s not to say the Development league will be isolated from the process either. In time, the plan would be to have that as a second level league in the future.”

It looks to be a well thought out initiative and we want to extend best wishes to all involved for the season ahead.

SENIOR CLUB FIXTURES 2021

17th May

Bready v Coleraine, Fox Lodge v Killyclooney, Eglinton v Strabane

24th May

Coleraine v Eglinton, Killyclooney v Bready, Strabane v Fox Lodge

31st May

Fox Lodge v Bready, Eglinton v Killyclooney, Strabane v Coleraine

7th June

Bready v Strabane, Eglinton v Fox Lodge, Coleraine v Killyclooney

14th June

Killyclooney v Strabane, Bready v Eglinton, Fox Lodge v Coleraine

21st June

Coleraine v Bready, Killyclooney v Fox Lodge, Strabane v Eglinton

28th June

Eglinton v Coleraine, Bready v Killyclooney, Fox Lodge v Strabane

5th July

Bready v Fox Lodge, Killyclooney v Eglinton, Coleraine v Strabane

19th July

Strabane v Killyclooney, Eglinton v Bready, Coleraine v Fox Lodge

26th July

Strabane v Bready, Fox Lodge v Eglinton, Killyclooney v Coleraine

DEVELOPMENT CLUB FIXTURES 2021

19th May

Ballyspallen v Coleraine, Newbuildings v Bonds Glen

26th May

Bready v Ballyspallen, Coleraine v Newbuildings

2nd June

Bonds Glen v Bready, Ballyspallen v Newbuildings

9th June

Newbuildings v Bready, Coleraine v Bonds Glen

16th June

Bonds Glen v Ballyspallen, Bready v Coleraine

23rd June

Coleraine v Ballyspallen, Bonds Glen v Newbuildings

30th June

Ballyspallen v Bready, Newbuildings v Coleraine

7th July

Bready v Bonds Glen, Newbuildings v Ballyspallen

14th July

Bready v Newbuildings, Bonds Glen v Coleraine

21st July

Ballyspallen v Bonds Glen, Coleraine v Bready

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