Oystercatchers Play First Ever Cricket Match Against Dublin Side

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The Oystercatchers cricket team with coach Brian Hehir. Photo by Dermot Crean

BRILLIANT sunshine made for ideal conditions at the Kerry Cricket Club grounds on Saturday as the ladies cricket team played their first game.

‘The Oystercatchers’ played Pembroke from Dublin on an enjoyable occasion at the scenic Oyster Oval playing field at the Spa.

Brian Hehir, originally from Ennis, is the coach of the side which was formed two years ago when Gemma Lougheed approached Chairperson of Kerry Cricket Club, David Ramsey, about getting a ladies team started.

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“We have about 14 or 15 members of the team,” said Brian. “None of them had played the game before and now they’re doing fantastically well. We’d love more ladies to get involved. We train once a week on Wednesdays from 6pm to 8pm here in the Spa. It’s all very social and not too competitive,” added Brian.

Unfortunately, there are no other ladies cricket teams in Munster so it’s very hard for the side to ┬áplay games.

One of Kerry Cricket Club club sponsors, Garry Dillon of Dillon Recycling, with Oystercatchers Helen Walsh, Caoimhe Finnegan and Denise Brassil at the Oyster Oval on Saturday. Photo by Dermot Crean

“Pembroke were very good to come down and play here. Cricket is massive in Dublin, the have four divisions of ladies teams there and it’s also big in the north, but there’s just us here in Munster,” said Brian.

With the amazing grounds in the Spa, and the hospitality shown by the Cricket Club, we’re sure it won’t be long before more teams come down for a game.

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