Captains Message

Greystones RFC Captain’s Message 2018 – 2019

 

Firstly, I would like to welcome all players, supporters and visiting teams to Dr. Hickey Park for what is sure to be another exciting season of AIL rugby.

Having started playing my rugby in the youth section with Greystones RFC at the age of six, it is a massive honour for me to be selected as Club Captain for the forthcoming season.

It’s my belief that a team Captain is still just a player and team member, but who should represent the team’s ambition and values. Therefore I could not think of a better group of players to represent than the current senior squad for the upcoming season, as we have all set ourselves the target of being promoted back to Division 2A by May 2019.

It has been ten years since I began playing for the senior team in Greystones and during that time the club has given me so much. I want to repay the club by committing to do everything I can for the club, both on and off the pitch this year. My main goal is to get the best out of the players and make this coming year as successful as it can possibly be. While I cannot promise success in all areas, I can promise that I will represent Greystones RFC to the best of my ability.

This task will be made all the easier for me, through the support of Robin O’Sullivan who is not only a fantastic player, but also a great leader and I am delighted to have him working with me as Vice-Captain.

 

The senior squad continues to benefit from the retention of Kevin Lewis as our head coach, who is supported by the hard working influence of Warren O’Kelly (Senior Forwards Coach) and Olan Savage (Strength & Conditioning Coach). This continuity has allowed all the new players to slip easily into an established set up and bodes well for the coming season.As players we are also delighted to see the return of Paul Lennon (Senior Team Manager), John Whiston (Assistant Senior Team Manager), Karl Jordan (Second Team Manager) and Cameron McKeever (Senior Squad Physiotherapist) to the set-up this year. Their help over the last number of years has been immense and are all truly valued members of the squad. We are also extremely lucky to have the commitment again of Frank Marmion (Team Doctor) who has been very generous with his time in the last number of years.

As well as welcoming some new players into the squad, I would particularly like to extend a warm welcome to some of our new coaches, namely Cillian Willis (Senior Backs Coach), Michael McNaughton and Liam Murphy, Second Team Coaches.

I would also like to thank the departing Barry Lynn who has done some fantastic coaching with the senior backs for the last number of years, and we wish him well in his future endeavors.

Kevin and his team have enhanced the Greystones style of rugby that we all love to play and watch. This year’s squad has proven that we can compete at a higher level and shown the talent required, it is now time to fulfill this potential and deliver onthe high standards we have set ourselves for this season. I have no doubt that if we commit, and push ourselves as players and individuals, we will get the best out of each other and results will follow.

Greystones RFC has never been measured solely on the Senior XV’s performances. We continue to try and build playing numbers, particularly in the adult section. It is fantastic to see the adult Women’s team growing each year in the club and while I know they endured a tough season last year, I have no doubt that with the same levels of enthusiasm and quality of coaching, results will turn in their favour this year.

As most people know, the strength of the Senior XV is directly reliant on the strength of our Seconds and Thirds teams. Despite a mixed year for both teams last year, if commitment levels are high throughout the year and teams push each other as players, I am sure they will have the same levels of success as I am expecting for the senior team this coming season.

Our U20s team played some exceptional rugby last year and we hope to see them build and improve on that base again this year. These players are the future of the club and have our complete support and well wishes.

 

I would like to wish all of the men’s team Captains the best for the coming year, and I’d also like to extend my best wishes to Alex Naud who will captain out ladies Senior XV this season. If I can be of any assistance to any of you, please don’t hesitate to ask.

As a group of players we are very proud to wear the Greystones jersey and represent this great club and surrounding areas. Greystones is a club whose heartbeat comes from its members and community. Our relationship with schools, businesses and other sporting clubs within our town remain as strong as ever. Without such a high level of community participation and interaction, this club would be nothing.

Within our own club, our youth section is the envy of most clubs around the country. Sunday mornings in Greystones RFC hold over five hundred young rugby players, all of whom we will see in a few years as the next generation of Greystones players.

Our facilities within the club are second to none, a fact that is often commented on by opposing players and visiting members. Willie and Sam Byrne deserve tremendous praise for presenting such an exceptional club to play in.

I would also like to thank Justin O’Reilly and his team who have created a fantastic social environment down in the club and continue to welcome all members and visitors with open arms.

A sincere thank you to all our supporters, your support is always appreciated. It is a great lift to the team when we see the support at different clubs the length of breath of the country – we hope we make it worth it.To our members who support us in many ways, we will do our best to repay you all on the field this year.

To our sponsors, particularly our primary sponsor, Doyle Bloodstock Ltd, we sincerely appreciate your invaluable support to the club. Your generous contributions allow the club to compete and succeed at all levels, and are very much appreciated.

To our president Rory O’Connor and the rest of the executive committee, I congratulate you on your election and wish you all the best in your roles. As players we are all very aware that without the executive committee, the club would not be financed or run to the high standard that it has been in the last number of years.

I would like to specifically thank Gary Nolan for his immense service to the club as Chairman for the past five years, and extend by best wishes to Donall Gannon as he takes over this role. The club is no doubt in excellent hands.

Finally, I hope to see you all down in the club this year, whether it be for games at any level or social gatherings, I have no doubt this will be a hugely successful year for the club.

Many thanks.

Andrew Kealy.

Club Captain, Greystones RFC 2018-2019.