CricketEurope - 23rd November 2016
It was generally a hugely encouraging season for the students with many highlights- Lorcan Tucker made a century on debut, first time ever in senior cricket for Trinity; George Dockrell came back to his books and was a hugely positive influence on and off field, scoring his maiden senior century in Rush.
Matt Petrie was an exemplary professional - taking wickets on the field and tireless off it especially doing important work with the young seamers.
Captain Will von Behr and coach Isobel Joyce did very well to tie together a side with a great mix of abilities and experience but they did incredibly well.
There were some memorable wins - especially over the promoted Leinster and Cork, and it was disappointing that the defeats were all to teams that finished below Trinity.
Skipper von Behr reflected on the season saying: "Trinity’s success in 2016 was largely dependent on four individuals who galvanised a squad of mixed abilities, and led them to 3rd in the league.
"Lorcan was inspiring and hardly put a foot wrong in his six games for the club, and with his addition in the last fixture I suspect we would have had a great chance for the title.
"George Dockrell, back from his time off books, was instrumental given his vast experience. Matt Petrie was virtually unplayable and probably one of the best overseas players in Leinster last year.
"Lastly, Isobel Joyce, whose energy and enthusiasm was the crux of Trinity’s success.
"Our squad will be largely unchanged for 2017, with the inclusion of a few fresh faces; namely Rupert Kettle, a fresher from the UK with good cricketing credentials, and Niall Hunt, who featured for Railway last season.
"Rebuilding the club can’t be done in a single season (from 12 points in 2015!), but it got off to a great start. We are looking to take the momentum of last year into that first game in April, and who knows what DUCC can achieve."
With lots of work going on off the field there are hopes that the club will be just as competitive next season, in which the first game will be Trinity's 1000th in senior competition.