Una scoops Emerg­ing prize

Sunday Independent (Ireland) - Sport - - GOLF / CRICKET -

UNA RAY­MOND-HOEY capped a great sea­son by scoop­ing the Aen­gus Fan­ning In­ter­na­tional Emerg­ing Player of the Year award on Fri­day night.

The Clon­tarf cap­tain be­gan play­ing cricket aged 11 af­ter club pro Rod Hokin turned up to coach in Green­lanes Na­tional School. She joined the fa­bled Clon­tarf set-up run by Deryck Vin­cent and be­gan play­ing on boys’ teams.

The club strug­gled for some years and were rel­e­gated in 2015. Ray­mond-Hoey spent two years at Le­in­ster in Divi­sion 1 be­fore re­turn­ing to Cas­tle Av­enue, join­ing a re­nais­sance un­der man­ager Fiona Man­ning and pro Kerry Tom­lin­son. The sea­son was crowned with the Se­nior Cup and Ray­mond-Hoey had a pro­lific sea­son, scor­ing two fine cen­turies against YMCA.

With open­ing bat Clare Shilling­ton about to re­tire, and other se­nior play­ers be­lieved to be mulling their fu­ture, Ray­mond-Hoey could be soon bed­ding down at the top of the Ire­land or­der, adding to her eight caps to date. She en­joys the role.

“I think open­ing is a great chal­lenge — you’re very ex­posed and you’re fac­ing the best of the op­po­si­tion’s at­tack — so your tech­nique is eas­ily ex­posed against clever bowlers.”

The DCU stu­dent is in her third year of Sports Sci­ence and Health and says she “com­pletely loves” her course. “Sports sci­ence is a crit­i­cal part of all pro­fes­sional sides now and it’s a pretty ex­cit­ing time to be in­volved in the in­dus­try. Some of the girls on the team have jug­gled their ca­reer with play­ing cricket — so I hope I’ll al­ways be able to fol­low both am­bi­tions. I played a lot of sport when I was younger, so I still love play­ing ten­nis and watch­ing bas­ket­ball or GAA, al­though I think I’ve just about given up any dreams I had of play­ing in Croke Park!”

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