Women's Premier League: Who's New?

Women's Premier League: Who's New?

  • Sep 30,2015

The Women’s Premier League will have plenty of fresh faces with over 30 players joining up, coming through and flying in for the 2015-2016 season.

Dublin clubs have recruited strongly in a bid to bring silverware to the capital. Aoife McDermott’s switch from Meteors has shortened DCU Mercy’s odds. Mark Ingle’s side have also brought in former junior International Mairead McNally from Ulster Rockets and American pair Maleeka Kynard (Xavier University) and Chelisa Painter (Old Dominion) while some of the U18 National Cup finalists also step up.

Emma Sherwood will be a Premier League basketball player in 2015. The former Tralee star also reached a 2015 All-Ireland Ladies Football Semi-Final with Kerry and joins up with Pyrobel Killester who also welcome Raeshel Contreras to Dublin out of South Dakota. Aisling McCann transfers from Templeogue and is one of a number of players fresh from playing with Ireland at the U18 European Championships who’ll play national league this season. 

New Meteors Head Coach Mark Byrne will have new Americans to work as the Ganser sisters are replaced by Emily Leer (Villanova University) and Meghan McGuinness (Niagara University).

Maxol WIT Wildcats also have a new coach at the helm in Michael Evans. Jazmen Boone (William & Mary) and Katie Fox (St Francis College) are also in the south east for the season, although an injury to Fox in her first appearance has put a four week delay on her league debut. 

Singleton SuperValu Brunell have brought in the wingspan of 6’4’’ Canadian Kaylee Kilpatrick to replace the outgoing Katie Hannemann while U18 International Amy Murphy can expect minutes in Kieran O’Leary’s young side. 

Team Montenotte Hotel have made one significant addition in a bid to retain their titles. Boston University Alum Chantell Alford is the first player in America East history to earn three Player of the Year honours and switches to Glanmire after a season with Tsmoki Minsk. 

UL Huskies welcome back Avril Crosse after a season with Canterbury Crusaders in England and new Head Coach Des O’Sullivan can also count on the services of Sarah Benedetti on scholarship. 

Courtyard Liffey Celtics have replaced Shelby Smith with American point guard with Christine Verrelle (Dowling College). Sorcha Tiernan is one of the club’s rising stars who have also registered. Head Coach for 2014-2015 is Jordi Juste who spent last season in Men’s Division One with JM&L Auctioneers Titans. 

Portlaoise Panthers will be relying on new American Nicole Arnone to deliver while Head Coach Peter O’Sullivan waits on a number of last season’s roster to come back after time away from the game. The midlanders are also looking at further recruiting for their first season in Premier League basketball. 

*Women’s Premier League – Players In:

Team Montenotte Hotel: Chantell Alford (Tsmoki Minsk)

Pyrobel Killester: Aisling McCann (Templeogue), Aine McDonnell (Malahide), Emma Sherwood (Team Garvey’s Tralee), Raeshel Contreras (South Dakota) 

Maxol WIT Wildcats: Jazmen Boone (William & Mary), Katie Fox (St Francis College), Sarah Whelan, Ciara Twomey, Jordan Kervick (Wildcats)

Meteors: Emily Leer (Villanova University), Meghan McGuinness (Niagara University), Carolyn Lloyd, Eileen Bradley (Meteors)
Singleton SuperValu Brunell: Kaylee Kilpatrick (University of New Hampshire), Ciara O’Sullivan (Kanturk), Amy Murphy, Gemma O’Mahony (Brunell)

DCU Mercy: Aoife McDermott (Meteors), Mairead McNally (Ulster Rockets), Chelisa Painter (Old Dominion), Maleeka Kynard (Xavier University), Tia Kelly Stephens, Emily Black, Enya Brady (Mercy)

Courtyard Liffey Celtics: Christine Verrelle (Dowling College), Sorcha Tiernan (Liffey Celtics), Aoife Tiernan, Chloe Mullins, Megan O’Sullivan (Structured Link Programme)

UL Huskies: Avril Crosse (Canterbury Crusader), Sarah Benedetti (St Francis College)

*The list is not exhaustive and subject to updating.

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