The wait is over. After several months of trials, training sessions and games, National Squad Manager Derek Ward today announced his squad of eighteen players who will represent Ireland at this year's European Championships Coed Slowpitch
The 2011 VIII. EChCS will be held from 19-23 July in Dupitsna, Bulgaria, with seven teams taking part. Ireland finished third last year behind Great Britain and the Czech Republic.
The full squad is as follows;
|Barry Casey||Kiely's Kegs||Andrea Kavanagh||Renegades|
|Brian Connolly||Oddsox Green||Ruth Brady||Dodder Dynamoes|
|Colum Lavery||Marlay Mavericks||Linda Horan||Manchester Marvels|
|John Austin||Dodder Dynamoes||Emma Kilbride||BatPak|
|John Leonard||Originals||Ruth Lillis||Munster|
|Jon Barry||BatPak||Noeleen McCarthy||Dodder Dynamoes|
|Ken McCarthy||Dodder Dynamoes||Cliodhna Sharp||Dodder Dynamoes|
|Mynor Murphy||Munster||Julie Walsh||BatPak|
|The Final selection place is between Senan Dormer and Adrian Crowe|
The tournament starts on Tuesday 19th July, with Ireland facing Slovenia in their first game. The other nations competing are the holders Great Britain, Czech Republic, Guernsey, Bulgaria and Germany. From everyone in Softball Leinster we would like to take this opportunity to wish Derek, the players and the support staff the best of luck in Bulgaria.