There are a number of high profile players on the move ahead of the start of the Leinster's Women season.

Recently retired Irish international Isobel Joyce has taken up a coaching role at Clontarf in addition to her new job at Cricket Leinster, and she will play for the Castle Avenue side instead of Merrion.

Western Australian cricketer Cassie Stephens will look after the women's section as well as playing.

Moving on to pastures new is Kerrie Tomlinson, who is switching to Claremont Road, taking a player/coach role, helping to develop the next generation of stars at YMCA alongside legendary coach Kamal Merchant.

Pembroke won't have an overseas player for the forthcoming season, but have Irish international wicket-keeper Mary Waldron in their ranks after she decided to move from Malahide.

The Village side won't have the services of last year's prolific overseas player Paris Crowe, who is staying in Tasmania.

Another club without an overseas player are defending champions Leinster, who are putting their faith in their much vaunted group of young players.

As well as their established internationals Laura Delany and Amy Kenealy, there is a growing crop of youngsters at Rathmines, as evidenced by the club having no fewer than eight players named in this week's Super 3 Series squads.

Three new faces expected to have a big impact are teenage all-rounders Jenny Sparrow, Ava Canning and Maria Kerrison.

Sophie MacMahon will take the skipper's armband for 50-over contests, while Laura Delany will be at the helm for T20 clashes.

The new season gets under way on Thursday April 25th with Merrion taking on Malahide, Pembroke entertaining YMCA, and The Hills hosting Clontarf.

Leinster begin their campaign the following week with a home clash against Malahide.