Coach: Johnny Harte (1st season)
Players In: Leah Lenehan (Old Alex), Niamh Atcheler (Hermes), Chloe Watkins (Hermes), Brenda Flannery (Greenfields)
Players Out: Julie Garvey (Old Alex), Lisa Jacob (Hermes), Kerry McComish (Hermes), Grace O’Flanagan (Railway Union)
Summary: Four strong signings – most notable Chloe Watkins and Niamh Atcheler – will give UCD the boost they need as they adjust to life after Lisa Jacob, captain of the ISC winning side of 2009.
Atcheler is a ready-made replacement for Kerry McComish while Watkins adds serious guile to either midfield or in a creative role in the forwards.
Brenda Flannery is one of the Greenfields’ graduates who claimed Connacht’s first girl’s underage interpro title to move to the capital. Highlights of her time at Colaiste Iognaid often came in opposition to the St Andrew’s duo in the Kate Russell Cup but, on the same side, they could dovetail superbly.
Leah Lenehan has plenty of senior experience, winning the Jacqui Potter Cup last term with a supremely brave performance in the back line to give added to steal to the student team.
Stella Davis could make the goalkeeper’s smock her own following Grace O’Flanagan’s departure.
They have another week – along with Trinity – to gel before they open their campaign with a double-header weekend on October 2 against Glenanne and Trinity.
Mary Logue left the side in good shape for Johnny Harte to take on and they have a decent shot at an IHL semi-final.
First three games: Glenanne (h); Trinity (a); Pembroke (a)