Senior Ladies Profile: Amy Benson

Next up for the ladies we’ve got big hitter Amy benson. Today’s player profile is sponsored by bulthaup. Thank you for your continued support!

Name + nickname: Amy benson (Bendy)

Age:26

Favorite batting shot: Anything that goes for runs

Bowling type: Generally do anything I can to avoid bowling

Debut for senior team: May 2018 vs Leinster

Best memory in hills colours: Chasing 190 vs Malihide

Worst memory in hills colours: Driving 3 hours to North Kildare for a game that lasted about 90 mins

Favorite player you’ve played with: Aimee and Jane Maguire

Player you wish you got to play with: Ciara metcalfe

Favorite ground you’ve played in apart from the hills: North Down

Funniest thing you’ve seen on the pitch: My bat snapping in half facing Lara Maritz at Clontarf last season .

Goals for future: To just keep enjoying playing

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Senior Men’s Player Profile: Mark Donegan

Up next we’ve got Wicketkeeper/ batsman. Today’s player profile is sponsored by Protocol for Men. Thank you for your continued support!

Name + nickname: Mark Donegan (Don)

Age: 21

Favourite batting shot: Cover drive

Bowling type: N/A

Debut for senior team: North Down at home 2015

Best memory in hills colours: Beating Instonians in the Irish Senior Cup Semi final/Leinster Senior Cup final win 2019

Worst memory in hills colours: All-Ireland final loss to Waringstown 2018 (tough tough bus journey home)

Favorite player you’ve played with: Albie/Max (both helped to progress my game immensely and were a joy to bat with out in the middle)

Player you wish you got to play with: Jeremy Bray (Great mind for the game and would’ve loved to been out in the middle with him)

Favorite ground you’ve played in apart from the hills: YMCA

Funniest thing you’ve seen on the pitch: Colm Cunneen kicking his helmet down to the sightscreen after being dismissed

Up next we’ve got Wicketkeeper/ batsman Mark Donegan, Today’s player profiles is sponsored by Protocol for Men. Thank you for your continued support!

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Club Statement from Club Executive on Covid19

Hi all,
I hope this message finds you all safe and well.
Cricket Leinster along with Cricket Ireland has put in place a roadmap for
the return to cricket. In phase 2 June 8th practice will start and in phase 4 July 20th game will start.
All this depends on all the phases moving forward as predicted.
This will cover practice and games for all, youths, men and women.
All clubs will have to do a risk assessment on the spread of the virus in
their club and put in place a return to practice and play document with the help of Cricket Leinster.
The club will have to set up a Covid committee with Covid officers to
take charge of all practice and games.
This will include a timesheet for all practice sessions with only 2 people
allowed to practice together unless they are family, there can be a number
of groups practicing at the same time as long as they keep to the
guidelines.
A Covid officer will attend practice and make sure the timesheet is
followed and all the return to practice protocols are followed.
After every practice, all equipment will need to be sanitized ready for the
next group.
This is just an outline of what is to come for the club.
Some clubs may find this hard to achieve, others may only be able to
cope with small numbers, we as a club will be doing all we can to make
this work.
Going forward we will try to keep you updated on all matters cricket.
My email address is mattdwyer49@gmail.com if you want to contact me.
From The Hills Cricket Club, Thank you for all your support.
Matt Dwyer, Chairperson.

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Senior Ladies Player Profile: Naomi Matthews

Next up for the senior ladies we’ve got Naomi Matthews. Today’s player profile is sponsored by C&T Supermarket Skerries. Thank you for your continued support!

Name + nickname: Naomi + Nomes

Age: 22

Favorite batting shot: sending the bowler back over their head

Bowling type: whatever is needed on the day 😂

Debut for senior team: 5 July 2018

Best memory in hills colours: chasing 190 against Malahide on the debut game and Miranda running a 7 😂

Worst memory in hills colours: leaving div 1 last year 😰

Favorite player you’ve played with: Anna Peterson

Player you wish you got to play with: Katherine brunt @ uni

Favorite ground you’ve played in apart from the hills:
Haselgrave, Loughborough

Funniest thing you’ve seen on the pitch: SA uni tour and a players bra snapping mid sweep shot 😂

Goals for future:
Win a medal at the commonwealth games

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Senior Men’s Player Profile: Killian Everard

Up next for the men’s senior team is Killian Everard , born and raised within a kilometre from the club he has hills blood flowing through his veins!

Today’s player’s profile is sponsored by Baclon Construction, Thank you for your continued support!

Name + nickname: Killian Everard (Killo)

Age: 21

Favorite batting shot: Edge through slips for 4

Bowling type: Swing bowler

Debut for senior team: Merrion away in the league in 2016

Best memory in hills colours: Taking my first senior wicket on debut

Worst memory in hills colours: Losing the U17 final against YMCA

Favorite player you’ve played with: Naz (speaks for itself really, he’s a legend)

Player you wish you got to play with: Jeremy Bray (great player and would’ve been good craic to play with)

Favorite ground you’ve played in apart from the hills: YMCA (they have the second best teas, after us of course)

Funniest thing you’ve seen on the pitch: Colly kicking his helmet in anger towards to sight screen after being runout

Goals for future: To win an all Ireland for the club and to get to the top of my game

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Senior Ladies Player Profile: Tracy Clinton

Second up for the ladies is fan favourite Tracy Clinton. Today’s player profile is sponsored by Rethink Graphics.Thanks so much for your continued support!

Name + nickname: Tracy Clinton
T, TT or Mary

Age: 37

Favorite batting shot: cover Drive

Bowling type: Slow……dibleys!

Debut for senior team: Cant remember it was that long ago😂 but I was probably about 12 and more than likely against Ymca

Best memory in hills colours: Getting to our very first Senior cup Final and I was captain

Worst memory in hills colours:
Years and years ago, Barbara Clinton and myself trying to get players out to play matches, alot of matches we played with 8 but we continued on. On the upside some years later we had 3 teams out for the club

Favorite player you’ve played with: I have two…..Miranda Andrew’s, the craic we have on that pitch and Ciara Metcalfe…..unbelievable knowledge of the game and is a bit of craic too

Player you wish you got to play with: Younger years it would have been Miriam Grealy, later years it would have been Clare”shillers” Shillington even though I played representative cricket with her

Favorite ground you’ve played in apart from the hills: Any ground I score a few runs!😉

Funniest thing you’ve seen on the pitch: Oohhh theres a few but it would probably be, Amanda Byrne, we were playing out in Leinster, the ball was hit out to the boundary, Amanda did a dive to stop the ball, ball continued to roll down the line but instead of her jumping back up to get it….she crawled, very fast, on all fours after it😂 Can still picture it!

Goals for future: To get some new and old players back to the Hills to continue the ever developing young side we have coming through

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Player Profiles: Senior Men’s VC Cormac McLoughlin-Gavin

Today’s player profile is the one and only Cormac McLoughlin-Gavin and is sponsored by Olive Skerries, thank you for your continued support ☕️

Name + nickname: Cormac McLoughlin-Gavin (Cormo/Beef/LeBoeuf)

Age: 26 years old

Favourite batting shot: Pull shot

Bowling type: Right Arm Off-Spin. Still trying to turn one!

Debut for the senior team: Terenure Away in July 2012

Best memory in hills colours: Winning our 2nd All-Ireland Cup in 2014. The last ball run-out in the 2013 T20 final is a very close 2nd though!

Worst memory in hills colours: Losing the All-Ireland in 2017 to Waringstown. Still hurts!

Favorite player you’ve played with: Naseer Shoukat.

Player you wish you got to play with: I joined The Hills just after Bryn Thomas was with us and have been told by many club members that he would have been great for me!

Favorite ground you’ve played in apart from the hills: Eastcote Cricket Club, London

Funniest thing you’ve seen on the pitch: I once captained a school’s game for Gormanston where I had to teach a group of 10 classmates the rules of cricket so we could field a team.

My friend Conor (a keen golfer) went out to bat for the very first time and set up outside his crease. The opposition wicketkeeper suggested that it might be an idea to stand behind the white line. Naturally, Conor didn’t need any help. First ball he executes a beautiful full golf swing, misses it completely, holds the pose for the cameras, and is out stumped without troubling the scorers.

Unsurprisingly we lost the game.

Goals for future: Win plenty more trophies with The Hills and play for Ireland at senior level.

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Cricket Leinster Table Quiz

Hi everyone, Lords Taverners Ireland are hosting a fantastic event in support of Cricket Leinster Disability programme. A Zoom Table Quiz will take place on Tuesday 26th May at 7.00pm for anyone looking for some fun and an opportunity to support a great cause!

Questions will be entirely cricket based, so start brushing up on your knowledge of the winners of the 2011 Senior II Cup! The quiz is designed for players of all ages.

This quiz will take place on the Microsoft Teams platform, using Kahoot as the quizmaster platform. Links will be sent to ticket holders 48 hours before the event. This event is limited to a maximum of 240 participants.

Prizes include copies of the Cricket Leinster Centenary Book and Summer Smash Cricket Bats, signed by both Leinster Lightning and Middlesex teams.

Tickets are only 5 euro per person and are available for purchase at this link: https://www.tickettailor.com/events/cricketleinster/374489

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Player Profile: Senior Ladies Skipper Miranda Andrews

Today’s player profile is the skipper of our senior ladies Miranda Andrews and is sponsored by Well Fit Health and Leisure Limited thank you for your continued support🏋🏻‍♀️

Name + nickname:
Miranda – Mary, JD

Age:29ish

Favorite batting shot:
Straight drive over the boundary or any boundary shot.

Bowling type:
Use to be Medium pace, now any type that gets wickets.

Debut for senior team:
Too long ago to remember, playing senior cricket along time… started around 14yrs old, in around that stage of my youth!

Best memory in hills colours:
2010 been captain and winning the double that year, junior league & junior cup but it if there has to be one, it was getting to our first senior cup final, after many hard years of work playing off.

Worst memory in hills colours:
Losing that senior cup final.

Favourite player you’ve played with:
Tracy Clinton /Mary, the bants will always be had. On and off the pitch … many moons ago play alongside Clare Shillington and Adele Spenser with Malahide 40 overs as a guest player, can’t leave out the one and only Ciara Metcalfe.

Player you wish you got to play with:
Miriam Grealey, only had the pleasure of playing against her.

Favorite ground you’ve played in apart from the hills:
North County (the inch & Nevitt).

Funniest thing you’ve seen on the pitch:
Too many mention, so this one is off the pitch, but after junior cup final think 2011, which we came 2nd in, back in the clubhouse having no cup to celebrate, we used a teapot, that teapot stayed around for a few years, was one of the best ideas we had… any excuse to fill it!!

Goals for the future:
To retire and leave it the team in the capable hands of the young ladies coming up the ranks, and be able to watch how far they have grown, and become great cricketers! knowing they are going places and keep the future of The Hills Women’s cricket alive… #uptheyard

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The Vineyard – The Heartland of Cricket

We have been treated to something a little different today by our very own, Bobby Swarbrigg. Bobby took a trip up to the Vineyard to treat us to a poem he wrote about our beautiful ground! You can check out Bobby’s poem on our Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/thehillscc/posts/2622159568042566?notif_id=1589386288360005&notif_t=page_post_reaction

Or you can check out the extended version of Bobby’s tour to The Vineyard on our youtube channel, https://youtu.be/0Bcezme7uu0

We hope you enjoy and hope to see you all soon basking in the glorious surroundings of the Vineyard!


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