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Cricket is the main summer sport in Gonzaga. We field six teams across all age groups in the College, two First Year sides, a Second Year team, a Junior Cricket Team and two teams at Senior level.
The First and Second Year teams will play their home games in the College on the lawn, and the Junior and Senior sides will play in Leinster Cricket Club. (TBC)
We have a cricket pitch on site with an artificial mat on the front lawn of the College, and we also have use of Leinster Cricket Clubs magnificent facilities by kind permission on various dates.
For training we have two outdoor cricket nets on the boundary of the cricket pitch on the lawn. We also have indoor nets in the Sports Hall that are often used in the winter time to keep the players sharp during the winter months, where traditionally there would be no cricket games.
All teams compete in league and cup competitions, and play within the province, in home and away games.
We are lucky to have the coaching and managerial experience on the staff in the College.
The following members of staff will be coaching and managing cricket in the Summer Term this year: Mr Daniel Lynch, Mr Gareth Pelly, Dr Michael Clark, Mr George Naoupu, Mr Paul Kieran
Past pupils and external coaches also assist in the coaching to make sure that from the experienced, to the novice cricketer, that everyone gets a chance to play the sport and represent the College if selected.
Olly Riley (4C) captained the U15 Irish cricket team when they travelled to Dumfries to play against Scotland in the Celtic Cup in early August. On his debut for Ireland, Olly scored 69 runs and took five wickets including a hat trick. The following week, the Irish team then travelled to Durham in England where they played and defeated four English county teams and the Netherlands to win the Barnard Castle Cricket Festival. Huge thanks to Cricket Ireland for organising this trip.