Balbriggan girl Lara is a big hit in the West Indies

Fingal Independent (Ireland) – Talented Lara attends Loreto Secondary School in Balbriggan and is currently playing with Clontarf, having started out at The Hills as a nine-year old and had a stint with Malahide.


  • Lara, who was born in South Africa, moved to Ireland as a four-year-old with her mother Chantelle, father Eksteen and her siblings, including her twin sister Tess.
  • When the Irish squad was announced for the qualifying tournament in Holland for the 2018 ICC Women’s World Twenty20 tournament in the West Indies, Lara was picked for it – much to her surprise.
  • ‘To be asked to represent Ireland at a major tournament was a huge honour for me and when we actually qualified for the West Indies World Cup it was such a great feeling.’
  • You would be forgiven for thinking that being brought into the Irish set-up at such a young age would hold some fears for the teenager, but according to Lara she took it all in her stride.
  • I played against India and New Zealand who are two of the best teams in the world.

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