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Andy Kennedy

Buckna

5th Apr 2021

Incredibly sad news about the tragic death of David Edwards - an absolute gentleman and a fine ambassador for Derriaghy. Condolences to his family in particular and the wider cricket community at Queensway

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Ed...
Very sad indeed Andy. Condolences to his family and the Deriaghy club.
JCH
JK

Andy Kennedy

snowy Buckna

5th Apr 2021

Interesting to read on the CI site £130k for car leasing! Barry makes some interesting points!!

Gilbert Alexander

Lurgan

3rd Apr 2021

having played with Jim Carson at donacloney I am not surprised to read that Jack is making such progress

Jason McCullough

Ards

3rd Apr 2021

As I sit here this morning I was reflecting on the good book and the hope that it provides all at Easter. Rev Rea says a new season is in the air. God’s blessings to all my friends. Does anyone know if the NI programme fair is on this year? Jason

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Ed...
Yes plans Jason, as soon as the Govt. gives the go-agead. Happy Easter too.

Michael Shannon

The Gibba

2nd Apr 2021

Great to see Waringstowns Jack Carson named in Wisdens six under 23 players to watch on the county circuit ! A very talented young player that has all the tools to make it to the very top. Sure many of a certain age will remember his father- an outstanding 1st eleven player for the Cloney and great person as well. A big loss to NCU and Irish cricket but I like many others wish him all the best.

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Ed...
Great to hear you Michael. I agree with both. Jack appears to have the talent and of couse, he's a chip of the old block! LOL

Paddy O`Hara

Greenisland Co Antrim.

31st Mar 2021

A merger ? With the news about Claremont Road, what about a merger between YMCA and CIYMS ?

James Smith

Belfast

26th Mar 2021

Any rumours floating about regarding more club mergers, and clubs trying to find clubs to merge with ?

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Ed...
'James,' you are now the rumour agent? You must have a reason to ask this question!

Craig Easdown Cricket Ireland

Dublin

26th Mar 2021

DUBLIN – Cricket Ireland has today announced that William Porterfield and Gary Wilson have respectively been appointed in coaching consultancy roles within the national set-up. Additionally, Porterfield has been appointed as Assistant Coach for the North West Warriors, which he will combine with his playing role.
Porterfield appointments
William Porterfield, current centrally-contracted player and former international captain, has today been appointed as a Consultant Fielding Coach for Ireland. He will work across senior men’s and women’s teams, and will additionally work within the national pathway system. This new role will be combined with his playing role within the senior squad.
Porterfield has concurrently been appointed by the North West Cricket Union as Assistant Coach with the North West Warriors, working alongside newly appointed Head Coach, Gary Wilson. This role will also involve working with the Emerging Warriors squad and pathway players in the NWCU. Similar to his national coaching role, Porterfield will combine these provincial coaching duties with his existing playing role with the Warriors.
Wilson appointment
After his retirement from professional cricket last week - and his subsequent appointment as Head Coach of the North West Warriors - Gary Wilson has today been appointed as a Consultant Wicket-Keeping Coach for Ireland, working across senior men’s and women’s teams, and will additionally work within the national pathway system.

Andy Kennedy

Buckna

25th Mar 2021

Thanks Stuart - just picking up on the media coverage of golf clubs getting a few million between them.

C Boomer

Dromore ( Co Down )

25th Mar 2021

It's only right & proper that local cricket along with other major, provincial sporting bodies received welcome financial support from the Government Dep. of Sport, ( though it appears some golf & soccer clubs have been particular well endowed ) but what I'd like to know is if any cricket clubs that applied, were turned turn much needed revenue or if not, received mere 'tuppence-worth?'
Point being, these grants/awards were based on last year's 'loss of earnings/profits' due to Covid-19 restrictions, compensation as it were, yet, I note that several junior clubs with lesser facilities ( bar, own ground etc ) are not on that published list of those that received remuneration, and as such begs the question, is it once again another case of the rich remain so, the poor as usual, go without?
NCU take note - Excuse the pun, forget soil sampling, grassroots will shoot up green blades naturally, but Grassroot cricket needs financial assistance in the form of greenbacks as opposed to nitrogen additive!

Stuart Catterson

Cregagh CC

24th Mar 2021

Andy, clubs had to apply for the SportNI Sustainability Fund. It wasn't a general grant like in 2020. If you didn't ask you didn't get. Why so many clubs are not on the list of awards only they can answer.

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Ed...
I agree.

Andy Kennedy

Sunny Buckna

24th Mar 2021

Sustainability grants - 13 clubs from NW, 9 from NCU. Just sayin’ like!

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ed...
22 from Ulster. Good work at the clubs.

Ronnie McAlpine

no 3rd Wave please

23rd Mar 2021

re: Craigs 2 posts.
I remember watching Gary Wilson, when he was a nipper, run in all day long in his whites and bowl against the Ballygomartin wall at Woodvale. He have a lovely action and i said, "this kid will play for Ireland one day".
Ok so he's a wicketkeeper/batsman but am I a talent scout or what? lol.
Secondly great to see financial support for struggling clubs, the fact that Woodvale seem now to be two clubs Wood-vale. do we get twice as much???

Craig Easdown PRO CI

Dublin

22nd Mar 2021

£330K secured for Northern Ireland clubs through Sport NI's 'Sports Sustainability

BELFAST – Sport Northern Ireland has today confirmed that 23 cricket clubs across Northern Ireland will receive a total of £330,119 from the Sports Sustainability Fund following a successful joint submission between Cricket Ireland, North West Cricket Union and Northern Cricket Union.
The Sports Sustainability Fund was established by the NI Executive to help address the economic consequences of the COVID-19 health pandemic on the sports sector. It endeavours to minimise the financial stress on the sports sector due to lost income as a result of COVID-19 lockdown and ongoing restrictions so as to sustain the sector.
Applications closed on 20 January 2021, and the announcement has now been made regarding successful funding recipients.
The recipient cricket clubs are:
Ardmore
Ballyspallen
Bready
Brigade
Burndennett
Donemana
Drummond
Eglinton
Fox Lodge
Glendermott
Killyclooney
Maghera
Newbuildings
Carrickfergus
Cregagh
CSNI
Dundrum
Holywood
Laurelvale
Lisburn
Templepatrick
Wood-vale

Response

Ed...Great news!

Andy Kennedy

Buckna

20th Mar 2021

Brian O’Hara makes a valid point. The vaccination programme in NI is miles ahead of that in ROI so we may not be comparing like with like!

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Ed...
I expect NI will to start earlier!
JCH