Greystones RFC Captain’s Message 2021-2022
I am extremely proud to be named as club captain of Greystones RFC for another year. Having played rugby here since I was 6 years old, I know how important the club is to the community and our members, and I look forward to successfully representing the club for the 2021/22 season. I would like to start by welcoming all coaches, players, supporters and visiting teams back to Dr Hickey Park. The last two seasons have been highly unusual ones as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. I hope that everyone is keeping safe and looking out for each other, especially the more vulnerable members of our community, as we work together to get through these unprecedented and difficult times. I would like to say a special thanks to the GRFC COVID officers and to Justin, the bar manager, who have put in a tremendous amount of work to ensure we can all return to rugby in a safe manner.
Before the abrupt end to the 2019/20 season, the senior team were gearing up for our last few games with the hope of making the playoff spots and having a chance at promotion. Hopefully, this season we see a return to normality both on and off the field, with the full All Ireland league returning, as well as our much-valued supporters in the stands and the re-opening of the clubhouse bars. The senior squad started training hard in August under head coach Kevin Lewis, forwards coach Warren O’Kelly and backs coach Cian O’Sullivan. We are also delighted to have had Danny Kenny re-join the club in 2020/21 as a player and coach, where his expertise playing professionally abroad will really benefit the team. We are extremely grateful to have such a talented and experienced coaching staff with us again this year and are delighted to see Paul Lennon once again as Team Manager as well as John Whiston, Karl Jordan, Peter Hennessey and Peter McParland. I would also like to mention the great work of club physio Cam McKeever and also thank my dad, Frank Marmion for his work as team doctor. I am delighted to have Dan Mannion as vice-captain this year as his talent and experience is invaluable to the team.
I would like to wish all the other Greystones teams the best of luck in the upcoming season. The U-20s, coached by Breffni” Bubbles” O’Hagan are a really important part of the club and I hope they can build on the positives from last year and have a great season. I’d also like to wish the Women’s teams well this year. This section of the club has gone from strength to strength over the years and I believe they will continue to do so in the future. I would like to thank outgoing president Victor Megannety for his hard work during 2019/20 and give a massive congratulations to President Barry O’Beirne who has been re-elected for a second term. Barry has a great passion for Greystones RFC and has coached me all the way up from U-9 to a successful U-19 treble winning team, so I look forward to this season alongside Barry. I would also like to thank all club sponsors for their generosity, especially our main sponsor, Peter and Ross Doyle, it is really appreciated.
Finally, and most importantly, I would like to send my heartfelt condolences to those members who have lost loved ones since we were last able to meet in happier times, with personal and sincerest condolences to the Kenny family. As you all know, Andy passed away in May last year following a long illness. He was an integral part of the club, both on and off the pitch, and always greeted you with a smile and a pint in the members bar after a game. His humour and warm nature touched the lives of so many people. He will be sorely missed by everyone in the GRFC family.
Killian Marmion, Club Captain,
Greystones RFC 2021-2022