It's been a winter of change for Malahide Women who face a tough challenge ahead of the new season which gets under way in four weeks time.

The club have lost the services of two influential players, with overseas professional Paris Crowe opting to stay in Australia, and Irish international Mary Waldron switching to Pembroke.

"Paris Crowe had intended to return to the Village side, but has been given the chance to train with a professional team in Australia," said Chair of Cricket Gary Stewart. 

"Mary has been a tremendous asset to Malahide over the last six years as CDO, leader, role model and run machine. We wish her all the best as she continues her playing and umpiring career. It gives a chance for other younger players to step up."

It's not all doom and gloom for Malahide, as they have re-signed Irish-born Australian Niamh Walsh, who was last year's player of year, despite strong interest for her signature from several rival clubs.

The club have also appointed the experienced and highly-rated Michael Hingston as women's head coach. Stewart explains the rationale behind the appointment.

"We felt with the age profile of the women's team a high quality head coach was a priority. We are delighted Michael will take on the role and develop a group of talented young players to the next level."

Stewart also hasn't ruled out signing an additional player or two before the first match on April 25th.

Watch this space!