World Superbike – Joerg Teuchert Tue, 11 Jan 2022 08:44:05 +0000 en-US hourly 1 World Superbike – Joerg Teuchert 32 32 North West 200: road racing confirmed to return in May after two years away Tue, 11 Jan 2022 07:05:07 +0000
The North West 200 international road races were last held in 2019

Race organizers have confirmed that the North West 200 international road races will return to the calendar in 2022 after a two-year absence.

The event was canceled in 2020 and 2021 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The race week will run from May 8 to 14, with fonaCAB and Nicholl Oils renewing their title sponsorship.

Peter Hickman, Glenn Irwin, Dean Harrison and John McGuinness are among the runners who have already signaled their intention to participate in the race.

The Northwest Meeting 2022 will be the first international road race to take place since action at all major global events stopped with the start of the coronavirus pandemic in March 2020.

Isle of Man TT races will be also come back on the international road racing schedule this year, as there is speculation the Ulster Grand Prix could be back on the roster in August.

“Although the pandemic has brought racing to a standstill for the past two seasons, the Coleraine and District Motor Club management team have worked hard to ensure that the structures and support that underpin the North West 200 remain. in place for the day we are able to make that announcement, ”club president Stanley Murray said.

“We are delighted to have retained the support of our loyal title sponsors as we plan the return of one of Northern Ireland’s top sporting attractions,” he added.

“We’re finally back” – Irwin, four-time winner

Glenn Irwin, winner of the last four Superbike races held on the 8.9-mile Triangle circuit, hailed the news of the event’s return as “absolutely fantastic”.

“It’s one of those times when you pinch yourself and think, ‘we’re finally back,'” the 30-year-old said of the announcement.

“There is nothing that I enjoy more than racing in the North West 200. It is and always will be my favorite road race. I vibrate.

“I can’t wait to make my debut on Honda roads.”

Glenn irwin
Glenn Irwin has won the last four Superbike races held on the Triangle circuit

The Carrickfergus rider underwent shoulder and arm pump surgery ahead of the 2022 season in which he will again compete for Honda Racing in the British Superbike Championship and do his long awaited debut at TT.

In recent days, he has struggled to overcome a bout of Covid-19, the second time he has contracted the virus.

“A few days were really difficult for me with that there. I made a stint at the Royal [Victoria Hospital]. I felt better the first time I had it, the second time turned out to be worse for me, ”explained Irwin.

World Endurance: veteran Nigon joins the VRD team Igol Experiences – Roadracing World Magazine Sat, 08 Jan 2022 03:35:33 +0000

Big boost: VRD Igol Experiences recruits former champion Nigon for EWC

* A Frenchman joins Alt and Odendaal in the privateer team powered by Yamaha

* Nigon’s solid track record includes a double at the 24 Heures Motos

* A team based in France relies on the mixture of youth and experience in the EEC

VRD Igol Experiences has recruited Erwan Nigon, winner of the 2019 FIM World Endurance Championship, to strengthen his candidacy for EWC glory.

The French team placed fourth in last year’s EWC team standings after taking second place ahead of the season finale.

But he’s aiming even higher in 2022 with seasoned Nigon joining existing team members German Florian Alt as well as new South African recruit Steven Odendaal to form a powerful squad on the equipped Yamaha YZF-R1. by Dunlop # 333.

“The VRD Igol Experiences team is constantly evolving and in recent years I have fought against it several times”, declared Nigon, who rode for rival Webike SRC Kawasaki France Trickstar at the EWC last season. “I was then able to gauge his performances and his great ambitions. It is also a team that knows how to unite and promote team spirit. Its operation is quite atypical. The team is very well structured, a bit like a rugby team, where privileged links are forged between all the members of the team, based on sharing and mutual aid. These values ​​are very important.

Nigon, 38, continues: “In endurance racing, it’s not a runner who wins but a team. It also made me curious and motivated. Joining this team will give new impetus to my career. And it’s an Auvergne team, like me. I can’t wait to ride the Yamaha, which is the most versatile machine on the grid, and of course to meet my partners. I am delighted to team up with them but also flattered to share the handlebars with Steven Odendaal. The arrival of the 2021 Supersport vice-world champion in Endurance can only boost our discipline.

Yannick Lucot, VRD Igol Experiences Team Manager, said: “We have a good team of speed and experience with the hope of finishing in the top five as the best private rider. But with three 24 hour races on the calendar, we have to aim even higher.

Pedigree Nigon a big boost for 333

Double winner of the 24 Heures Motos, Erwan Nigon began his international career in the European 250 Championship in 1999 before moving on to the 250cc Grand Prix. In addition to winning the French Superbike crown in 2010 and the German IDM Superbike crown in 2012, Nigon has a strong track record in endurance racing dating back to 2006.

CES 2022: New Electric Superbikes and Trucks Put Sustainability on Tech Agenda Fri, 07 Jan 2022 15:55:07 +0000

The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2022 opened to thousands of people on Wednesday in Las Vegas, despite the increase in COVID-19 cases in the United States, as one of the world’s largest trade shows attempts to resume its activities.

After a series of top companies like Amazon and Google were canceled due to growing virus risk, the return of the in-person convention was initially questioned.

But organizers insisted on the mandatory health passport and face mask requirements inside the event, as well as the significance to the show – with its mix of journalists, entrepreneurs and amateurs. technology from around the world – to continue.

And tech enthusiasts weren’t disappointed; one of the key words at this year’s tech show was sustainability, with electric vehicle makers among those who made it to Las Vegas.

Car manufacturers are going green

From racing cars and backhoes to superbikes that claim to compete with some of the world’s biggest brands, manufacturers have missed no opportunity to wow audiences and prove that you can still ride in style while passing. at the Green light.

Plus, they say, electricity shouldn’t mean sacrificing style anymore.

“Well that’s the key. I mean until Damon came along the answer was no, if you went from a gasoline bike to an electric motorcycle you’d be making a compromise, which nobody did. is willing to do just to go electric. ”Jay Giraud, CEO of Damon Motorcycles, told Euronews Next.

“That’s why we’ve focused on developing a whole new kind of electric powertrain technology that delivers so much power and energy needed to outperform gas.

“So this bike is capable of 200 mph, 146 miles of range, zero to 60 in under three seconds and it’s as good or better than any superbike you can buy from any of the main manufacturers “.

Other vehicles, like gas-guzzling trucks, as much a symbol of America as Bruce Springsteen and dinner-and-the-road, are also going fully electric and are already available for sale, provided people are willing to pay up to three times the cost of a diesel or gasoline truck.

The challenges of charging infrastructure

Another challenge for potential buyers would be finding a place to charge their electric truck, as the charging infrastructure for this type of vehicle is still in its infancy.

In contrast, charging electric superbikes is relatively straightforward, according to Giraud.

“There are already tens of thousands of charging stations across North America and Europe – they’re basically ubiquitous,” he revealed.

Not surprisingly for entrepreneurs and tech enthusiasts, one of the big brands on display this year is Tesla.

Elon Musk’s engineering firm went underground, building tunnels under the conference center, to transport passengers back and forth from the venues.

After descending into the tunnels below the conference center, visitors are invited to board one of the futuristic cars for an undoubtedly smooth and enduring – albeit slightly eerie – journey underground to your destination.

Someday, it’s possible, all trips will look like this, but that moment could still be far away.

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7 Euros for a MotoGP ticket – Mandalika prices announced | MotoGP Wed, 05 Jan 2022 14:50:46 +0000

Ahead of its inaugural MotoGP race on March 18-20, the Mandalika Grand Prix Association (MGPA) published ticket prices for the first Indonesian motorcycle grand prix since Sentul in 1997.

The cheapest “general admission” day ticket is for Friday practice and priced at 115,000 RP, which works out to just 6 pounds / 7 euros / 8 dollars.

The general admission price is then Rp 287,500 (18 euros) for Saturday and Rp 575,000 (35 euros) for race day, although a Saturday-Sunday combo ticket is available for 805,000 Rp (49 euros).

If you want a grandstand ticket, it will cost 230,000 Rp (14 euros) for Friday, 747,500 Rp (46 euros) for Saturday and 1,150,000 Rp for Sunday, with the combined Saturday-Sunday ticket 1,725,000 Rp (106 euros).

At the top of the scale, “premium grandstand” tickets are 373,250 Rp (23 euros) for Friday, 1,063,750 Rp (65 euros) for Saturday and 1,610,000 Rp (99 euros) for Sunday. The premium Saturday-Sunday grandstand ticket is 2,300,000 Rp (141 euros).

Premium grandstand tickets go on sale from January 6, with standard grandstand and general admission tickets available from January 11. No mention was made of limiting spectator numbers due to Covid restrictions.

Ahead of the MotoGP race weekend, Mandalika – venue for the final round of the 2021 Superbike World Championship (pictured) – will host an official MotoGP practice from February 11-13.

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“I’m different from Casey Stoner or Troy Bayliss, but we all have the same goal” – Francesco Bagnaia Thu, 30 Dec 2021 13:41:34 +0000

It’s been 14 years since Ducati saw one of its riders become champion. This feat came in 2007 when Casey Stoner finished the championship with 367 points, compared to 242 points for Dani Pedrosa – a difference of 125 points for the Honda rider.

However, and judging by how the 2021 season unfolds for Francesco Bagnaia, especially the second half, fans of the Italian brand will be able to see in # 63 an idol who will have all the conditions to be one of the contenders for the title next year. Like Stoner, Troy Bayliss and Carl Fogarty also gave Ducati a lot of joy when they became World Superbike Champions.

In an interview with La Stampa, Bagnaia sought to distance himself from Stoner and Bayliss, but assured that the goal is the same. The Italian also defended that although talent has always been one of the pillars of the sport, the truth is that the physical performance of the athlete is becoming more and more important.

“I’m different from Stoner or Bayliss, but we’re all runners and we all have the same goal: to win. In racing, I am definitely different from everyday life, talent is that form of madness that allows you to give something extra, which makes you win. In motorcycles, this has always been the protagonist, even if the race has become more and more an athletic performance in recent years ”, he said.


There are many ways to celebrate a sports legend who has marked the history of his discipline.

The Ducati management team have decided to create a new motorcycle in tribute to Troy Bayliss: the Panigale V2 Bayliss 1st Championship 20th Anniversary. A rare jewel that will delight a small number of enthusiasts, produced in a numbered edition with a special livery and an autograph on the tank, available on the market from the end of September for 20,990 euros.

The legend of Bayliss can be summed up in a few figures: 3 times Superbike World Champion, a category in which he won 52 races, to finish on the podium a grand total of 94 times, at a time when there was only two weekend tours (not three as there are currently). And as if that wasn’t enough, the Australian is the only person in the world to have won a MotoGP and World Superbike championship in the same year.

He won the Motorcycle Grand Prix of the Valencian Community in the Ducati Desmosedici GP6 in 2006, in his only appearance this season in the premier class. In addition, in Superbike, Troy has remained loyal to Ducati, winning the incredible record mentioned above between 2000 and 2008.

After winning the first World Championship races in 2000 with the 996, Bayliss was also crowned World Champion the following year, with a booty of 6 wins and 15 podiums, again on the 996 “Testastretta”. This revolutionary bike featured Brembo radial calipers, first introduced on the 996 ridden by Fogarty and Corser in 1999, which until then was a little-known technology in the Superbike world.

The braking system was complemented by a dual 320mm front disc and a single 220mm rear disc, all made of steel (carbon had previously been banned in an attempt to keep costs down), bearing the Brembo branding. Also of note are the new 5-spoke light alloy rims manufactured by Marchesini, a company that joined the Brembo group in March 2000.

And in order to celebrate this pairing, which marked the history of production-derived bikes, the company designed, designed and ultimately built the Panigale V2 Bayliss 1st Championship 20th Anniversary. As the name suggests, the bike is powered by a twin-cylinder 955cc Superquadro engine – an icon for longtime Ducati fans – which delivers 155 hp and 104 Nm of maximum torque.

In addition to the engine, aesthetics and advanced electronics fitted to the bike, the Panigale V2 Bayliss 1st Championship 20th Anniversary also stands out from the competition with its incredible chassis, built around an aluminum alloy monocoque frame, which makes it easier to ride, both on the road and between sidewalks.

The Brembo braking system is a key contributor to this, and is comprised of M4 32 radial-mounted 4-piston monobloc calipers up front, which engage with a pair of semi-floating 320mm diameter discs; at the rear, meanwhile, is a 2-piston caliper with a 245mm disc.

These solutions are now firmly established, in part thanks to the track tests to which Bayliss himself contributed in the Superbike World Championship: the 4-pad calipers made their debut on the Ducati 999, on which he won the World Championship. in 2006, and have one pad per piston; At the time, the 4 piston calipers used by the competition only had 2 pads.

Two years later, Bayliss won his third World Championship in the 1098, beating his closest rival Troy Corser, who was on a Yamaha, by 118 points. The 1098 also featured 320mm steel discs and 4-piston monobloc calipers (34 and 38mm in diameter), machined from solid billets with radial brackets.

Some loves never die, but simply take a long detour before being resuscitated.

And if you like Troy and Ducati, you can get a taste of the legend for yourself, even doing some thrilling laps on the track thanks to the Panigale V2 Bayliss 1st Championship 20th Anniversary.


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Make an offer on this Ducati 1098R before it’s too late Mon, 27 Dec 2021 12:00:00 +0000

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Motorcycle: Whanganui cemetery circuit is getting ready for 2022 Sat, 25 Dec 2021 16:00:00 +0000 Englishman Richard Cooper (Suzuki GSX-R1000) celebrates his victory in the coveted Robert Holden Memorial Race and the entire series at the Whanganui Cemetery Circuit on Boxing Day 2019. Photo / Andy McGechan,

It took a global virus outbreak to bring the world-famous Whanganui Cemetery Circuit motorcycle race to its knees this year.

But the response has already started and plans are in place to make it bigger and better than ever with a three-round “resurrection” of the Suzuki International Series set to take place in 2022.

The Covid-19 pandemic has forced organizers to reluctantly cancel the 2021 race of the immensely popular motorcycle racing series and its street racing final – the first time in 70 years there will be no racing in the streets of Whanganui on Boxing Day – as demand for vaccine passports and the large number of spectators expected put impossible pressure on the management of the event.

But, undeterred by the setback, a massive resurgence is slated for 2022, when it may also be possible to welcome international racing stars again to light up the tarmac at the Graveyard Circuit again. world renown.

The popular Suzuki three-round international series was set to be put on ice for 2021, but it will be thawed again to mark its 13th season next December, with Taupo’s Bruce McLaren Motorsport Park again the traditional round to kick things off, with the Manfeild Chris Amon Circuit race in Feilding the following weekend; and the Graveyard Circuit race meeting on Boxing Day, the traditional final showdown.

Every season except this one, security barriers have been erected alongside Whanganui’s world-famous motorcycle ‘street fight’, with straw bales positioned and spectator fences arranged along the street gutters. town halls.

“We already have a lot of internationals who want to come back in 2022,” said Suzuki International Series promoter and organizer Allan ‘Flea’ Willacy.

“Everyone, including the crème de la crème Kiwi, world-class riders in their own right, will be eager to get back to the action and our sponsors have supported us, always generously on board for next year.”

First launched in 1951, the Cemetery Circuit’s final round event is expected to be another outbreak on Boxing Day next year.

Main riders expected for top honors include Scott Moir, former Suzuki International Series national champion Taupo, Daniel Mettam, former 600cc national champion and Glen Eden superbike, Sloan Frost, former Wellington national superbike champion, Jayden Carrick , Whanganui firebrand, Auckland’s Dave Sharp, powerful Whakatane brothers Mitch and Damon Rees, multi-talented Richie Dibben from Whanganui and Dave Hall from Te Awamutu.

Damon Rees was champion at Whanganui last year and, if his current overseas racing schedule allows, he will be determined to return to defend his crown.

In addition to the glamorous Formula 1 class, there will again be races for Formula 2 (600cc motorcycles), Formula 3, Bears (non-Japanese motorcycles), 150cc GIXXER Cup class racers, pre Post Classics -89, F1 Sidecars, F2 Sidecars. , Supersport 300 and Super Motard (dirt bike) riders.

Expect to see racers such as Christchurch’s Alastair Hoogenboezem (Formula 1); Avalon Biddle of Rangiora (Formula 2); Richard Markham-Barrett of Nikau Valley (formula three); Malcolm Bielski of Wellington (Senior Bear); Blane Hannah from Whanganui (Junior Bear); Gian Louie of Hastings (post Classics, senior pre-89); Ngaruawahia’s Steve Bridge (Post Classics, pre-89 Junior) and Tauranga pair of Barry Smith and Stu Dawe sidecars, to name a few, all compete for top prizes.

This time next year, bike racers will again descend Ridgway St, along Wilson St, into Taupō Quay and Heads Rd before looping around Guyton St and back to Ridgway, all at blistering speeds, often above 200km / h.

Whanganui is considered the premier street racing venue in the southern hemisphere.

The 1.6 km course includes eight bends, a level crossing, an upper bridge and blind S-bends, flanked on either side by cemetery headstones.

Thousands of spectators will crowd into every nook and cranny as the bikes parade almost within reach. Runners don’t believe it and spectators love it.

Year in review: Rea impeached, Frampton hangs up gloves and Candy 16 for Hunter Mon, 20 Dec 2021 10:01:14 +0000
Toprak Razgatlioglu and Jonathan Rea have been involved in a series of exciting battles

This gives an indication of how successful Northern Ireland bikers have been in recent times, as 2021 can be considered a relatively meager year compared to those that came before it.

For the first time in seven years, Jonathan Rea of ​​Ballyclare will not enter 2022 as the reigning Superbike world champion.

After a thrilling battle that lasted all season, the Kawasaki rider was narrowly advanced in the pursuit of the championship by Turkish Yamaha star Toprak Razgatlioglu – 13 relatively meager points the eventual winning margin.

Rea ended the season with the same total number of individual race wins as his rival – but his bid for a seventh consecutive title ultimately fell through due to a combination of technical issues, disadvantage in straight-line speed and some unusual mistakes which led to accidents.

Although he had to settle for an unusual second place in the series, Rea finished a good distance from the new champion and this impressive tally of race wins indicates that the 34-year-old’s powers do not appear to be waning. and he can harbor realistic ambitions to win back his crown next season.

Glenn Irwin was once again the Northern Irish riders’ choice in the premier “big bike” category of the British Superbike Championship.

The Carrickfergus rider overcame an illness early in the season and a lingering shoulder injury throughout the campaign to make the end-of-season showdown and secure eighth place in the series.

The Honda Racing rider has also added another victory to his tally, but will have high hopes of fighting for the title in 2022 as he begins a new year, hopefully injury-free after undergoing surgery on this. embarrassing shoulder.

While international road racing is also set to resume after a two-year hiatus, his ambitions will also be to add to his tally of four North West 200 wins and make his long-awaited Isle of Man TT debut.

Dubliner Jack Kennedy clinched a third British Supersport title while County Tyrone teenager Cameron Dawson ran for the British Junior Supersport crown.

Despite the significant disruption to the calendar caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, two Irish national road events were held – the Armoy road races in late July and the Cookstown 100 in September.

Michel dunlop
Michael Dunlop has won the Armoy road races five times

Michel dunlop dominated Armoy with a quintuple, bringing to nine his winning streak in the feature film “Race of Legends” and his career winning streak in the County Antrim reunion to 24.

The Ballymoney rider set a new lap record on the circuit for good measure.

Cork rider Mike Browne and Adam McLean of Tobermore won the doubles at Cookstown, with Forest Dunn winning the main race after just seven riders decided to take their places on the grid due to the dangerous conditions.

North West 200 wins record holder Alastair Seeley had to refrain from racing on UK short circuits as he failed to acquire a suitable race, but the Carrick native had great success at home, winning the Ulster Superbike and Supersport championships in a certain style.

End of an era and success stories

Carl Frampton was moved at the end of his boxing career
Carl Frampton was moved at the end of his boxing career

The year 2021 finally marked the end of the career of the boxing world champion two weights of Northern Ireland Carl Frampton after an illustrious career.

The 34-year-old hung up his gloves seconds after his WBO loss to the super feathers by the American Jamel Herring in early April.

The Belfast boxer was arrested for the first time in a 31-fight professional career after failing to become Ireland’s first three-weight world champion.

Frampton can now reflect on those landmark fights and nights of glory that earned him a prominent place in Northern Irish sporting history, encouraged by his huge group of followers.

While one Belfast boxer called him one day, another continued on his steady course to what he hopes will be a world title as Michael Conlan secured unanimous points defeat TJ Doheny at Falls Park on August 7th.

The victory saw Conlan win the interim WBA featherweight world title, but a bigger prize awaits him as he lines up a probable featherweight world title shot with Leigh Wood in New York on St. Patrick’s Day.

Conlan also received good news regarding the widely perceived injustice he suffered at the 2016 Olympics.

the conclusions of an independent report published in late September provided justification for his controversial points loss to Vladimir Nikitin in his bantamweight quarter-final at the Rio Games.

The fight, in which Conlan was denied a second Olympic medal, was one of eleven deemed “suspect” in the report’s findings.

Conlan faced Doheny for 12 rounds at Belfast's Falls Park
Conlan faced Doheny for 12 rounds at Belfast’s Falls Park in August

Meanwhile, Lewis Crocker successfully defended his WBO European welterweight title with an impressive victory in the seventh round on Artem Haroyan at Ulster Hall.

The Belfast fighter dropped his Armenian opponent in the sixth round with a left hook and finished it with a powerful body kick in the seventh.

The hometown victory took Crocker’s career record to 14-0, with the Belfast man also securing a hard-fought unanimous victory over Deniz Ilbay in Bolton in March.

At this year’s rescheduled Games in Tokyo, Aidan Walsh won a bronze medal in the welterweight division in an otherwise disappointing Olympics for Irish boxers.

Lisburn’s Kurt Walker was one medal victory away in Tokyo after astonishing world champion Mirazizibek Mirzakhalilov to reach the quarter-finals, only to be narrowly beaten by American Duke Ragan.

Walker, 26, has joined the pro ranks of management firm Conlan Boxing and will make his featherweight debut, with an opponent yet to be revealed. His stated ambition is for one day fight for a world title at Windsor Park.

Katie Taylor maintained her perfect professional record by securing her 19th consecutive victory
Katie Taylor has held all the belts of the world lightweight title since June 2019

Ireland’s Katie Taylor continued to make her way onto the world stage, beating Kazakh Firuza Sharipova on points in her final defense of her undisputed lightweight world title.

It was a 20th professional victory for wife Bray Taylor in a career that has included six knockouts.

Matchroom Boxing reported that the victory put Taylor, who also defeated American Jennifer Han on points in Leeds in September, prominent for a huge showdown with Amanda Serrano in 2022.

Jason Quigley of Donegal failed to win the world title in November, suffering from a KO in the second round as he was overwhelmed by Demetrius Andrade in his fight for the WBO middleweight world title.

Belfast’s Caoimhin Agyarko ended the year on a high, winning the WBA international middleweight title with a last-minute stoppage win over Noe Larios Jr in December for a 10th professional victory in as many fights.

Sweet 16 for schoolgirl Hunter

Irish cricket teams have seen varying fortunes in another year affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Highlights including a record-breaking Amy Hunter from Belfast round on her 16th birthday as Graham Ford stepped down as men’s coach.

The men started 2021 in Abu Dhabi with a 1-1 draw with hosts UAE before suffering a disappointing 3-0 loss to Afghanistan in Super League World Cup matches despite two centuries of defeat. opening and talisman Paul Stirling.

Irish cricket mourned in January following the death of former international pitcher and former national team manager Roy Torrens at the age of 72.

A planned Zimbabwe tour in March was canceled due to Covid before an ODI 2-1 loss to the Netherlands three months later.

June also saw the retirement of Kevin O’Brien Day Match – the versatile player still holds the fastest century record in ICC World Cup history, scoring 100 points on just 50 balls against England in 2011.

A century after skipper Andrew Balbirnie helped Ireland secure a first-ever victory over South Africa with the ODI Series at Malahide ending 1-1. The Proteas clinched a 3-0 win in the T20 Series and the summer home games continued with a 3-2 T20 win over Zimbabwe followed by a 1-1 ODI draw with the Tourists.

Curtis Campher won four remarkable wickets in four balls as Ireland started their T20 World Cup campaign in October with a seven wicket victory over the Netherlands.

However, they missed the Super 12 after group losses to Sri Lanka and Namibia and a month later Ford announced his departure after four years at the helm of the South African. Former Northamptonshire boss David Ripley has been appointed interim head coach on a three-month contract.

Graham Ford quit his post in Ireland after two years of three-year contract
Graham Ford quit his post in Ireland after two years of three-year contract

The women’s team had to wait until May to play their first competitive game of the year – indeed, they had not been in action since September 2019 due to the pandemic.

Their opponents in Belfast were Scotland and Ireland missed the series winners 3-1, including three wickets in four balls for Leah Paul.

Another T20 home series victory came in July with a 2-1 win over the Netherlands, but the Irish failed to advance in the T20 European World Cup qualifiers at La Manga.

Only one place for the 2023 World Cup was up for grabs and the loss to Scotland proved to be decisive as Ed Joyce’s side missed the game, despite all-rounder Eimear Richardson being named player of the tournament.

The focus was on the one-day game with a World Cup qualifying warm-up tour to Zimbabwe and Ireland secured a impressive 3-1 series victory on hosts.

This included this wonderful shot from the birthday girl Hunter. She struck a stunning 121 steps in Harare to become the youngest player to reach an international century.

The Irish made an early comeback to Zimbabwe for the World Cup qualifiers, but after just two games the tournament was scrapped after the detection of the new Omicron Covid-19 variant.

This meant that the three qualifying places offered were decided on the team standings and although Ireland failed to qualify, they secured a place in the International Cricket Council (ICC) women’s championship.