Phoenix hopeful of promotion despite high profile departures
2011 proved to be a mixed bag for Phoenix who suffered the ignomony of relegation, yet managed to reach the Bob Kerr Irish Senior Cup final.
The loss of former World Cup stars Jeremy Bray to CIYMS, and David Langford-Smith who has gone with his family to Australia will be a huge gap to fill, while Ryan Gallagher certainly has ability, even if he didn't exactly set the world on fire in Leinster last year.
The club has signed 22 year old South African Jan Steenkamp, who last month made his debut for Griqualand West last month. He may have the talent to ensure an instant return to the top division.
Phoenix captain Conor Kelly outlined his sides hopes for the coming season: "It was a major disappointment last season to be relegated. We know we didn't play to our potential and it cost us a place in the top division.
"A positive from last season was getting to the BKISC semi final. Hopefully we can go at least one better this season. Phoenix would hope to get promoted this season but we know it will be a big ask since we have lost players like DLS and Jeremy Bray. We have a new pro in Jan Steenkamp this year, an opening bowler and middle order bat.
"We have a great youth system in Phoenix and the senior sides are just starting to reap the rewards. One young player in particular to keep an eye on is Tom Anders. He was Ireland under 15 captain last year and a great prospect, who I'm sure is destined for a great future at the club."