Joyce family has had an impact on cricket in Ireland. The names Augusteen Gus, Ed, Dominick, Isobel, and Cecilia have a common relation between them. All of them are siblings and have played for Ireland men’s and women’s national cricket team. Among all of them, Ed Joyce has represented England before switching his loyalty to the nation of his birth.
While Ed Joyce has gone onto make a name for himself we look at his sister Isobel who is currently part of Ireland women’s team taking part in World T-20 in West Indies.
Isobel made her debut for Ireland in a One-Day International (ODI) against India in Milton Keynes in June 1999 and has won 133 caps in all formats. She has captained her country a record 62 times.
The 35-year-old has a degree in journalism and also worked as a sub-editor for a number of years before focusing full-time on the sport. Apart from sports she also teaches Zumba, an aerobic fitness programme and works as a personal trainer.
She and Cecelia have also won every domestic hockey honour with Railway Union, including the All-Ireland league title on three occasions.
In 2000, she played four ODIs against Pakistan and was also part of Ireland’s side that played their only Test match till date.
Since the 2000 World Cup, she has played ODIs against Australia, India, the Netherlands and New Zealand, also playing in the European Championship in 2001 and 2005, and in the IWCC Trophy in the Netherlands in 2003.
In April 2016, she stepped down as captain of the Ireland women’s cricket team following their exit at the group stages of the 2016 ICC World Twenty20 in India.