THE HILLS

  • Captain: Max Sorensen
  • Players In: Cian Nulty, Nic Pretorius
  • Young players to watch: Harry Archer, Ryan Tobin, Andy Kavanagh, Killian Everard and recent signed Cian Nulty

The Hills are always at the vanguard when trophies are distributed and it's expected there will be more of the same in 2018.

"The 2018 season is already an exciting season for the club without a ball being bowled," said club stalwart Willie Dwyer. "Huge development off pitch will add to the ground and the club in general. All hands to the pump in true Hills fashion in an effort to cut ribbons before the first ball is bowled.

"Development will continue on the field also as some of the stronger younger men pushing for places in our mens ist squad. Harry Archer, Ryan Tobin, Andy Kavanagh, Killian Everard and recent signed Cian Nulty will break through at some stage this season.

"On the slightly older front the same faces will be there with Max Sorensen captaining the side again and even better news back bowling. A former double all Ireland winner for the club Nicolaas Pretorius returns and will help Irish u19 world cup star Mark Donegan become a better keeper and bat.

"An experienced side with household names will hope to build on last year's successful season and bring more silverware to the Vineyard.

"On the ladies front, their hugely successful 2017 season will be hard to beat but they are working hard already and with Australian Alana Ryan their overseas player due in shortly and a couple of former greats returning, another great year is in their grasps.

"The word development is all around the club with again a massive emphasis on quailty kids coaching. All thought it's important to have strong Ist teams both men's and women's, we are fast understanding the an all-rounded club is the true meaning of success.

"We are delighted to be hosting a couple of Irish matches this year, both men's and women's fixtures and a big Leinster Lightning match mid-season.

"We also hope the Rain Gods head off somewhere mid Atlantic ocean soon or the only success might be on the water as we will be entering a boat in the Americans cup yacht race. Our school end in the vineyard is now known as the Deep end!"

The very best of luck to all clubs this year.