Avoca – Women’s Leinster Div 1

Last season: 9th in Division 1; Jacqui Potter Shield winners; Irish Hockey Trophy runners-up
Coach: Ronan Hickey (second season). Assistant Coach: Kate Rushe

Players in: Claire Byrne (Bray), Sophie Clements (North Down), Molly Cole (Genesis), Katie Geoghegan (Loreto), Ruth Murphy (Loreto)
Players out: Kate Cullen, Danni Cummins, Michelle Richardson (break), Hannah Clarke (travel), Ine Pavanello (Uruguay), Anna Richardson, Rachel McAuley (UCD).

Avoca will be hoping to build on last year's IHT final run. Pic: Adrian Boehm

Avoca will be hoping to build on last year’s IHT final run. Pic: Adrian Boehm

Overview: Ronan Hickey’s side will be looking to build on a reasonable first season back in Leinster Division One after a long time away, winning the Jacqui Potter Shield and reaching the final of the Irish Hockey Trophy.

The off-season saw a large turnover of players with a number of last year’s squad taking a break from the game, travelling or trying college hockey including Anna Richardson and Rachel McAuley.

New arrivals include Molly Cole from Genesis and Ruth Murphy from Loreto. The side can also call on players from the club’s very successful colts section with Irish Under-16 Siofra O’Brien joined by her international teammate Caitlin Sherin this year. They have recorded pre-season victories over Banbridge, YMCA and Pembroke 2nds which augurs well.

Women's Leinster Senior Div 1