Three North West Warriors named in Ireland Women’s Development Squad

The NWCU is delighted to confirm that a trio of players- Mollie Devine, Kia McCartney and Zara Craig have been named in Cricket Ireland’s Women’s Development Squad for 2022.

Zara has been here before of course having previously been involved in the ‘Super Series’ and the senior womens’ training squads.

Although Covid played havoc on the representative front over the past two seasons, the Eglinton teenager enjoyed another good season at club level in 2021 and toured with the Ireland Senior Squad to Zimbabwe last year.

Mollie has been instrumental in the development of women and girls cricket in the North West over the past couple of years and recently started a full-time role with the NWCU as a Schools Participation Coach.

She enjoyed a very prolific season at Ballymagorry where she led the way with both bat and ball as the Foxies finished second to all-conquering Bready in both league and cup.

Kia has been a big part of Coleraine’s seriously impressive debut in the senior womens’ game in the North West.

The Bannsiders grabbed plenty of attention last summer under the stewardship of Stephen McCartney with Kia one of several players who performed well beyond expectation.

The all-rounder, who is also a talented hockey player, could have a bright future at this level.

NWCU Women & Girls Development Officer Kathryn Rough said she was delighted to see the efforts of North West clubs being recognised this week.

“It is just great to get these girls recognised as the players they have worked very hard to become. I am sure they will seize the opportunity and will work hard, training with Cricket Ireland coaches on a regular basis. That the three girls are from 3 different clubs is significant, showing that talent is being developed throughout the North West region with support coming from the NWCU programmes as well as within the Clubs.

The game has continued to grow in this area and despite the pandemic, we had our busiest women & girls season to date in 2021. These girls will be role models for the girls in the North West and that is huge for the development of any Women’s Sport.”

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