Elena Joy Tice at 13 is One To Watch

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Updated: August 18, 2011

Ireland is fortunate to have a tremendously talented pool of young female sports stars just now – Sycerika McMahon & Grainne Murphy in Swimming; Athletes Katie Veale, Ciara Mageean and Jessica Barr, Golfers, Stephanie Meadow, Lisa and Leona Maguire, Boxers Katie Rowland, Ceire Smith and Michaela Walsh and Sailing’s Annalise Murphy are but a few of the Under 18’s who have excelled on the international scene in 2011 to date. Next note well the name of the youngest of them all – ELENA JOY TICE , the 13 years old Irish International Cricketer ,born November 16, 1997 and who is a member of the Merrion Club in Dublin like her experienced Irish Team Captain Isobel Joyce ,and attends St Gerard’s School in Bray.

This week Ireland is taking part in the 2011 European Womens Championships in Utrecht, Holland and Ms Tice has taken three wickets for 22 runs in her debut ,against the host Nation, in the process helping the Irish side to win by 2 wickets. The 13 yrs old leg spinner,showed great promise in removing both Rambaldo and Wattenburg. Despite that success though Ireland ,having unexpectedly lost to Scotland,in their opening match, ended in 2nd position overall with the title deservedly going to Holland on a better run rate. Earlier this season, another young Merrion player, 14 years old, Julie Van Der Flier (who is also in the squad in the Netherlands) was chosen for the Irish senior women’s team’s tour of Sri Lanka. With youngsters like Tice and Van Der Flier around plus the great experience of such as Isobel Joyce and Mary Waldon the future of womens cricket in Ireland is bright.

Irish Squad:

Isobel Joyce (Capt) (Merrion)

Laura Boylan (The Hills)

Laura Cullen (Clontarf)

Laura Delany (Leinster)

Emma Flanagan (Pembroke)

Kim Garth (Pembroke)

Shauna Kavanagh (Pembroke)

Amy Kenealy (Leinster)

Louise McCarthy (Pembroke)

Rebecca Rolfe (Leinster)

Elena Tice (Merrion)

Julie van der Flier (Merrion)

Mary Waldron (wk) (Pembroke)

Meantime, the ICC have announced details of the Qualifying tournament for the 2011 Womens World Cup series..

The ICC has released the schedule for the Women’s World Cup Qualifier which is scheduled to be played from 14 to 25 November in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

It will feature 10 teams playing in four venues across the city. Hosts Bangladesh will be joined by South Africa, Sri Lanka, Netherlands, Zimbabwe, USA, West Indies, Pakistan, Ireland and Japan to battle it out for four places at the Women’s Cricket World Cup 2013 in India.

England, Australia, India and New Zealand have already qualified for the event by virtue of finishing in the top four at the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2009.

The teams have been split into two groups for the preliminary phase, which will then be followed by cross-over classification matches. The groups are as follows:

Group A: South Africa, Sri Lanka, Netherlands, Zimbabwe, USA

Group B: West Indies, Pakistan, Ireland, Japan, Bangladesh

The Irish match schedule for the group stage is as follows:

November 14: Ireland v West Indies, BKSP2

November 15: Pakistan v Ireland, Narayanganj Osmani

November 17: Japan v Ireland, Sher-e-Bangla, Mirpur

The ICC has released the schedule for the Women’s World Cup Qualifier which is scheduled to be played from 14 to 25 November in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

It will feature 10 teams playing in four venues across the city. Hosts Bangladesh will be joined by South Africa, Sri Lanka, Netherlands, Zimbabwe, USA, West Indies, Pakistan, Ireland and Japan to battle it out for four places at the Women’s Cricket World Cup 2013 in India.

England, Australia, India and New Zealand have already qualified for the event by virtue of finishing in the top four at the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2009.

The four venues are the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium, Narayanganj Osmani Stadium, and two grounds at Bangladesh Krira Shikkha Protishtan (the (Bangladesh Institute of Sports).

The teams have been split into two groups for the preliminary phase, which will then be followed by cross-over classification matches. The groups are as follows:

Group A: South Africa, Sri Lanka, Netherlands, Zimbabwe, USA

Group B: West Indies, Pakistan, Ireland, Japan, Bangladesh

The match schedule for the group stage is as follows:

November 14: Ireland v West Indies, BKSP2

November 15: Pakistan v Ireland, Narayanganj Osmani

November 17: Japan v Ireland, Sher-e-Bangla, Mirpur

November 18: Ireland v Bangladesh, BKSP2

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