World Cup Delight for North West Trio

Three North West players have been named in the Ireland Girls’ under-19 squad that will contest the T20 World Cup in South Africa next month.

The panel- released this morning- includes Eglinton duo Jenni Jackson and Zara Craig along with Coleraine’s Kia McCartney.

Zara has been involved in both the Super Series and the Ireland Women’s Development squad recently while Jenni and Kia featured in the under-17 side that won their three-match series against The Netherlands in Utrecht this summer.

Their selection reflects impressive individual seasons at club and Interprovincial level in 2022 but is also a huge boost for Women and Girls cricket in the North West, and is further testimony to the strides currently being made by both clubs and Union.

Warriors Women’s Head Coach, Davy Scanlon, was delighted for all 3 players:

“I’m really made up for the girls and getting reward for their hard work over the past few years. Jenni, Kia and Zara’s dedication to training and performances have given them the opportunity of a lifetime to play in a World Cup. 

It will also help promote and develop the women’s game in the North West and we have 3 brilliant role models for our younger girls to look up to.”

The girls will set off for their base at Potchefstroom near Johannesburg in five weeks’ time, ahead of three group matches against the West Indies (15 January), New Zealand (17th) and Indonesia (19th).

On behalf of everyone involved with the NWCU our congratulations to the three girls on their selection to the squad and we look forward to following their progress throughout the competition.


Squad in full:

Amy Hunter – captain (Instonians/Malahide), Siúin Wood – vice captain (YMCA), Zara Craig (Eglinton), Georgina Dempsey (YMCA), Rebecca Gough (The Hills), Abbi Harrison (Waringstown), Jennifer Jackson (Eglinton), Joanna Loughran (Leinster), Niamh MacNulty (Merrion), Aimee Maguire (The Hills), Kia McCartney (Coleraine), Ellie McGee (Rush), Julie McNally (Clontarf), Freya Sargent (Clontarf), Annabel Squires (Merrion)

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