Cricket: Back-to-Back wins for dominant Women’s outfit

by Jonny Stapleton
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Strong friendships played a key role in ensuring another scorching summer for the Scorchers according to coach Glenn Querl.

The club with no fixed abode are basking in Arachas T20 Trophy and Super Series 50 Cup success for the second year running, having completed a double over the last few months.

It’s a huge achievement, points out Querl, who represented Zimbabwe at Under-19 level, and one that has roots in a team spirit forged by friendships.

“It’s a great achievement for the players,” he told the Gazette.

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“We have a settled squad, the players know their roles and what’s expected of them, and that makes a big difference.

“They also get along very well and have formed strong friendships that translate into performances on the field. They go the extra mile for each other.”

Back-to-back successes are never easy and motivation is something the coach had to take into consideration, but he points out he was helped by a new Cricket Ireland initiative as well as the fact a third team joined the competition this season.

“It’s difficult when there was only two teams as the players get used to playing against the same players all the time, so the increase to three teams brings a freshness which makes it easier,” he added.

“Plus the motivation to do well is always there because the next step is the National Squad.

“The players know if they do well there is a good chance they get selected for the performance squad, which in turn leads to the National Squad. Cricket Ireland are now offering full-time contracts so if you make the National Squad there is a chance you can get paid to play cricket full time.”

For now it’s some well-deserved downtime before the Women’s Performance and Pathway Coach and his players plot a treble double assault, whilst the coach looks to continue developing young players.

“We will try to continue the success. We want to keep building. We had a number of young players come into the squad this year and had four debutants. Having a good settled senior squad allows you to introduce new players and they get the chance to play against the best players in the country.”  

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