Monday, 10 June 2013

ADSL Kennedy Cup Diary- Day One

Antony Sherlock (Coach)

Day 1

And so it begins! Our final bus journey to the focus of our preparation for the past four years. The Kennedy Cup. Previous journeys have brought us to such destinations as Carlow, Cardiff, Donegal, Dublin, Galway, Mayo, Longford, Limerick, Tipperary and Valetta to name just a few. The mood was very good on the bus with a few of the players trying to say "Irish Wrist Watch" as quickly as they could. Try it with someone- it’s hilarious! There was also another phrase that one player who shall remain nameless and "Gudgie" was caught out with it; but that’s a story for another time. The journey was fine and those who have travelled with me in the past are aware that I NEVER moan about bus drivers or air conditioning on buses....! We stopped at Ferbane and Borrisokane where yours truly won €8 on a lottery ticket. A good omen perhaps?

Soccer players, as we all know, are highly intelligent creatures (pfft) and the topic of conversation turned to an intriguing question posed by Luke Kelly. If conjoined Siamese twins had a baby would he/she have 2 mothers? A well balanced debate ensued which was highly entertaining. Hopefully they talk better on the pitch. We arrived at our accommodation just after 7.30 pm and checked in. Bags deposited it was off to the kitchen where our own miracle worker Norman had prepared beef stroganoff and some sandwiches. Top man is our Norman. A leisurely stroll of the pitches was the next order of business where the lads will be showcasing their talent in the next few days.

At 9p.m. we had a talk delivered by a motivational speaker, Mr Liam Ryan. Many Athlone Town supporters would know Liam as a lifelong supporter. He had suffered one of the worst cases of brain cancer ever diagnosed- Stage 4- the worst grade of cancer. Liam stated: "I probably had stage 44 it was that bad!" He was given a 0.5% chance of beating it. He did. The hairs stood on the back of my neck as he spoke about the countless operations and radiotherapy sessions he endured. His message was simple. "There is always a chance, however small, and never give up". Liam delivers motivational speeches to a vast array of groups. Business people, cancer sufferers, atheletes and is one truly amazing human being.

The players had some downtime then with the majority playing FIFA on the PlayStation. Competition was very high in our apartment and I didn’t even play yet! Monday sees our first game against Waterford at 7 p.m. I cannot wait. As Conor Layng would say: "Hon the town"

 Kennedy Cup

The Kennedy Cup is an u14 competition played between Leagues in Limerick University each June when teams representing all 32 Leagues compete over an entire week with additional competitions for those teams which do not advance in the Kennedy Cup itself. The best young footballing talent in the country will be on show with attendances swelled with scouts from across Ireland and the UK.

The ADSL have been drawn in Group 7 along with Waterford, NEC and Inishowen. Following this evening’s game, they play NEC and Inishowen at 10.30 and 17.00 tomorrow respectively.

The 2013 ADSL Kennedy Cup Squad: 

Oisin O'Meara (St. Francis), Cormac Gavin (Ballinahown), Jonothan Moloney (Ballinasloe Town), Niall Murray (Hodson Bay Celtic), Daniel Heavin (Ballinahown), Conor Lynam (Ballinahown), Luke Kelly (AC Celtic), Harry Cornally (Temple Villa), Conor Layng (Ballinasloe), Brian Derwin (Hodson Bay), Eoin Egan (Hodson Bay), Conor Farrell (St. Joseph's), Nathan Poland (Ballinahown), Ben Cox (Temple Villa), Kevin Loonam (Ballinahown), Cialan Dollard (Temple Villa), Conor Costello (St. Joseph's), Kieran Colclough (AC Celtic), Callum O'Brien (St. Joseph's) and Jordan Nugent (Ballinahown).

Meanwhile, the Midlands Kennedy Cup squad have been drawn in Group 6 alongside Limerick County, Galway and Mayo. They kick off this evening at 19.00 against Limerick County, before playing Mayo and Galway tomorrow at 12.00 and 19.00.

MSL Kennedy Cup Squad 2013

Back Row L to R: Ger O’Sullivan (Manager), Oran Murphy, Aidan Keena, Adam Dodd,
Kevin Fitzgerald, Jason O’Dwyer, Conor Lacken, Oisin O’Sullivan, Cian Johnson,
Dave Maher & Cormac Barry (Coaches)

Front Row L to R: Niall Doran, Lyndon Quinn, Tristan Finnane, Oisin O’Donohoe,
Matthew Rowden, Sean McCormack, Oisin Proudfoot, Ruairi Lewis, Kaelyn Thompson,
Jamie Ballesty.

Missing from photo: James Keyes & Anthony Kavanagh


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