Greystones RFC Captain’s Message 2019 – 2020
Firstly, I would like to say what a huge honour it is to be chosen as club captain for Greystones RFC for the upcoming season. I have been a member of the club for almost 20 years, having started out in the tremendous Youth Section at the age of 6 or 7. I’ve really enjoyed my rugby in the green and white through the years playing with some of my best mates and in the more recent years my 2 brothers as well. So to be named Captain of this year’s Senior Team is really a proud moment for me and my family.
I am very excited for the season ahead where we hope to push on from the disappointments of last season having lost in the promotion playoffs after a promising regular season. I am very confident in the abilities and determination of this young team and I speak for the whole squad and coaches in saying that we all have the same clear goal of getting Greystones back up to division 2A by the end the season.
A massive thank you is owed to our previous captain, Andrew Kealy, who was an inspirational leader through the years and personally, a great help to me since joining the senior squad 7 years ago. He really embodies what it means to be a Greystones RFC club captain. This task will be made a lot easier with his help, as well as former captain Dan Mannion who adds considerable experience and is invaluable to the team as pack leader.
The senior squad has already been training hard over the summer under head coach Kevin Lewis, forwards coach Warren O Kelly, backs coach Cillian Willis and strength and conditioning coach Olan Savage. 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 would like to wish all the other Greystones teams the best of luck in the upcoming season. The u 20s, under new coach Brefni” 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 Woman’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.
To our president Victor Megannety and the rest of the Executive Committee, I congratulate you on your election and wish you all the best in your roles. Victor does unbelievable work with the youths in Greystones and we aim to get as many senior players involved in helping him out this year to rebuild the link between the senior players and the juniors who are the future stars of GRFC. I would also like to thank club sponsors for their generosity, it is really appreciated.
I’d like to give a special mention to Willie Byrne and Justin O’Reilly. Willie and his staff keep the grounds in pristine condition with the front pitch being one of the best club pitches in the country. Off the pitch, Justin and his team do an amazing job behind the bar and with game day lunches as well as a great mix of new events that have been brought in to create a fantastic social atmosphere in the club.
Finally, I’d like to thank all the club members for their continued support over the years with a special mentioned to my granny who hasn’t missed a match in years. I hope to see you all down this year to support your club and community.
Greystones RFC Captain 2019/20