Stephen Moreton appointed as Ireland Women’s Senior Coach

Thu, Nov 18, 2010 1:24 PM

Cricket Ireland today confirmed the appointment of Stephen Moreton as coach of the Ireland Women's national squad.

Moreton had been in the role on a temporary basis following the resignation of Paul Delany earlier in the season.

Cricket Ireland Operations Director Mark Garaway welcomed the move saying: "Stephen emerged as the outstanding candidate in the recently concluded interview process, which included a number of high calibre applications. Stephen demonstrated excellent planning, organisation and communication skills throughout his interview. The relationships that he has built up with his captain, players and support staff were clearly evidenced.

"His understanding of modern coaching techniques and his experience in top flight cricket as a player and a coach shone through. It is a very exciting time for the Women's Senior team in the next 12 months and the systems and relationships that Stephen develops over that timescale will give Ireland the best chance of qualification for the next Women's World Cup."

Catherine Goodman, Chair of the Women's Cricket Committee said: "We are delighted to welcome Stephen as coach to the Ireland senior women's team. The Ireland women squad are embarking on their World cup campaign and we look forward to working with Stephen during this campaign. We are confident that Stephen, with his energy and expertise, will lead the Ireland women to successful qualification in the WC qualifiers in Bangladesh in 2010.

Current Ireland captain Ciara Metcalfe was clearly enthusiastic about Stephen being given the role on a permanent basis saying: "I feel the appointment of Stephen as coach to the Irish Women's national squad, ahead of the start of 2011 season is a positive move by Cricket Ireland.

"Stephen was introduced to the team back in August as interim coach and during his short time has made a big impact. It is very exciting to be working with a coach who is up to date on the modern game and all aspects that tie in with that. 2011 is a massive year for Irish Women's Cricket and all our attention must be centered around the World Cup Qualification tournament in November. I have no doubt with Stephen's cricket knowledge, some team commitment and hard work we can have a successful year."

Moreton himself is clearly relishing the challenge of taking Irish women's cricket to the highest level: "I'm delighted to be given the opportunity to coach the Irish side. I feel very lucky to have inherited such a talented group who are all extremely proud to be able to represent their country.

"Leading up to and including the recent ICC Women's Challenge in South Africa, the amount of support shown to the squad inside and out of Irish cricket circles, particularly from team sponsor RSA, was tremendous, so it fills me with great pride to be able to be the Head Coach of Irish Women's Cricket during what I am convinced will be a productive era. We have a World-Cup qualification tournament in November in Bangladesh, and it is within our own hands whether or not we do well enough in this tournament to qualify for the T20 World Cup in 2012, (we need to finish third) and the ODI World Cup in 2013 (we need to finish fourth).

"The recent tournament gave us an indication about are position in relation to the other countries vying for qualification, and it will be a long, tough road – but one that I am excited to be involved in."

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