RAILWAY UNION

  • Captain - Glenn Querl
  • Players out : Alex Stiles
  • Players in: Stuart de Klerk

There hasn't been much change in the Railway Union personnel over the close season, with the unavailability of Alex Stiles offset by the arrival of South African Stuart de Klerk.

The Park Avenue team was virtually unchanged for the whole of the curtailed 2020 season.

Glenn Querl (pictured) takes the captain's armband again, hoping to emulate his success when he lifted the Irish National Cup in 2019.

Kenny Carroll has been a mainstay of the side for nearly 20 years, and he spoke about the forthcoming season.

"Alex Stiles will be unavailable for this season as he went to Australia to play Grade cricket in Perth during the winter. With the uncertainty he decided to move to Northern Territory to play cricket during the Australian winter, which is currently taking place. The club wish Alex well on his time in Australia.

"Andrew Jackson and Eoin Barron both didn't play last season but our now available again.

"Stuart de Klerk has relocated to Ireland from South Africa and he has experience of Premier club cricket in Johannesburg. Stuart looks a handy bowler.

"Ciaran Diviney returns this season after a knee operation kept him out of the 2020 season, while a young player to watch is Philippe le Roux who was one of the lucky ones who spent the winter away, in South Africa playing and training as much as possible, although match opportunities were limited. His time in South Africa will have helped Philippe's development."

Railway begin their campaign on Monday with a home fixture against Malahide.