Trinity – Women’s Leinster Division 1 preview

Last season: 3rd in Leinster Division 1; Jacqui Potter Cup second round; Irish Senior Cup second round
Coach: Brian Scully (1st season)

Players In: Ellie Noone (Greenfields), Susie Osbourne (no previous club), Louise McCullom (Old Alex), Aoife Sullivan (Railway Union), Alice Kinsella (Muckross), Aine Ryan (Catholic Institute), Sophie Boucher (Returning from Erasmus), Evie McCullough (Returning from Erasmus)
Players Out: Vera Taaffe (Graduated), Laura Stephens (graduated), Alexandra Spain (graduated), Charlotte Dunne (graduated), Sophie Marshall (Monkstown), Anna May Whelan (Railway Union), Rachel O’Brien (Erasmus), Christiane Spain (Erasmus), Ailish Naughton (year out), Lauren Thomas (year out), Sara Quill (Pembroke)

Avril Dooley-O'Carroll will be a key player for Trinity. Pic: Adrian Boehm

Avril Dooley-O’Carroll will be a key player for Trinity. Pic: Adrian Boehm

Overview: With the support of Trinity Sport, the clear goal for the college is to obtain promotion to the EYHL. The loss of some key players from last season’s has been offset by the arrival of several exciting freshers. Six first team players graduated or went on Erasmus including long term players Anna-May Whelan and Vera Taaffe to EYHL clubs.

Brian Scully has been appointed as coach; he will be assisted by specialist coaches Kyle Good and David Fitzgerald, both members of Ireland’s Olympic panel.

Corinthian duo Jenny Long and Niamh Sweeney will co-captain the side, with the team looking to draw on experience from Anna Boland and Avril Dooley O’Carroll returning for their fourth and fifth successive season, respectively.

There is plenty of underage inter-provincial experience on the team with ten players having represented their respective provinces including the Long sisters, Aine Ryan (Munster) , Ellie Noone (Connacht) and Susie Osborne (South East). Indeed, Noone has just been named in the Irish Under-21 training panel.

Women's Leinster Senior Div 1