Ladies Cricket in Carlow
some evidence to suggest that ladies cricket has been played in Carlow
for more than a century. We know definitely that ladies cricket was
played in the 1930's but it was not until comparatively recently that a
ladies club side was established and the first formal game played. In
both Bagenalstown and Carlow the ladies have been interested spectators,
scorers and loyal supporters, so they decided to play as well! As
Katherine Whitehorn said in an "Observer" article "such action as there
is, always happens the moment you look away, even if you've stared
boss-eyed at the pitch for 50 minutes before". Lets face it, if you're
playing you are less likely to miss the action.
inaugural game was arranged between sides representing Carlow and
Bagenalstown to be played at the McGrath Park, Bagenalstown on June 28
1978. Technical assistance was available on both sides; Harold Stevenson
and Paddy Curran supporting the home side, Paul O'Gorman and Frank Whyte
the visitors. The Carlow side made 30 runs in their alloted 20 overs,
however Bagenalstown were to emerge as the victors (victresses!!).
following seasons were to play games against the following notable
sides, Kings Hospital, Kilkenny College, Clontarf, Railway Union and
Leinster. The Carlow side was frequently made up of players from both
Cricket team, Carlow v Bagenalstown, June 1978. Back (l. to r.):
Bernadette Whyte (Capt), Fiona McHugh, Valerie Cole, Rebecca Ryan,
Clodagh Fleming, Catherine Cordon. Front: Elizabeth Cleany, Tina
Connell, Eithne Hayden, Cara Quinn, Sinead Doogue.
Cricket Club is an integral part of the County Carlow football club.
This is indicated in the crest worn by the ladies team which was created
for the club by the Carlow designer and playing member Myra Hadden which
is a design based on the football club colours, black and amber.
As to the
future of ladies cricket one can only guess but no doubt the game will
be continued to be played especially as today the game is seen more
widely on the television screen. Some of the Carlow girls have shown
considerable ability, one might mention Myra and the Stevenson sisters
in particular, but hopefully the nucleus for a successful club will
emerge from the present players.
Bernadette Whyte 14 February 1983.