Ireland are already ranked 9th in the Women's game and like their male counterparts have ambitions to go to a higher level.
Laura Delany, the 17 year old all rounder from Leinster CC is Cover Point's first pick in this series, this time featuring some of Ireland's best emerging women players.
Laura Delany receiving her Player of The Tournamenat Award for the U17 European Championships 2009
Former Ireland international and the current Ireland U17 Coach, Miriam Grealey has this to say about Laura:
"Laura Delany is one of Irelands best up and coming young players. She captained the Irish U/17 team to victory in the European Champs in 2009, where she was also named player of the tournament. It's hard to believe she is still U/17 for the coming season.
Based on her performances and improvement last season she was selected this year on the Senior Squad for Winter training.
A very talented all rounder, she also shows maturity beyond her years on and off the pitch"
Profile: Laura Delany
Date of Birth: 23/12/92
Club - Leinster Cricket Club
Role - All rounder
Bats - RHB
Bowls - Right Hand Med Pace Inswing
Representative honours to date: Irish U15, U17 and Ireland A
CP: When did you start to play cricket?
LD: I started playing cricket when I was about 7.
CP: What sparked your interest in the game?
LD: My dad was very involved in cricket.
CP: Favourite cricketer and why?
LD: I would not have a favourite cricketer but I like watching Sachin Tendulkar bat and Stuart Broad bowl.
CP: Biggest influence and why?
LD: Sarah Edwards, Australian Cricket International. Sarah was a Pro in our club for a season and was an inspirational cricketer who developed my game hugely.
CP: Ambitions for 2010?
LD: To be selected for the Irish Senior Women's Team.
CP: Ambitions beyond 2010 - for you and for Ireland?
LD: For the Irish Women's team to be one of the top six in the World.
CP: Proudest achievement to date?
LD: Captaining the Irish U17 Women's Team when we won the Europeans and winning player of the tournament.
CP: Biggest disappointment to date?
LD: When Ireland A narrowly missed out on a place in the final of the County Champs last year.
CP: Area looking to improve in 2010?
LD: To score more runs and to become a senior player on the Ireland A Women's Team.
CP: What else are you passionate about?
LD: I also play hockey for both school and club.
CP: Key goals for Ireland in 2010?
LD: For the Ireland A Women's team to win the County Championships.
CP: What are the key next steps for Women's cricket in Ireland?
LD: To improve their world ranking position and to increase the number of women playing cricket.
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