In the lead up to the 2018 Fitzpatrick Cup to be held once again in Cork, Ireland on the 3rd of February we’ll be taking a look at each side attending the annual universities tournament. Next up is Maynooth University, who are returning to their third Fitzpatrick Cup with plenty of fresh players up their sleeve. Check out what Team Manager Ciaran O’Hara had to say about his team:
Fitzpatrick Cup history and highlights?
This is the club’s third year in existence and third year in the Fitz. In both of the club’s previous forays, we’ve found that numbers have counted against the team when most important, but this year we’re confident with a big squad travelling that we can give a fair account of ourselves.
How is the preparation going?
We’ve been training once a week since October and the squad is largely composed of first year players, with just three or four returnees. The guys have been committed to their training and have improved week on week. Unfortunately, we have not had an opportunity to play games as yet, so the Fitz will be a new experience for most in that regard, but it presents a great opportunity to complete the player’s year one experience.
What are the main attributes of your team?
The main attributes are enthusiasm, commitment and athleticism. The new players this year have really taken to the sport and are always determined to enjoy the experience.
So, who’s in charge?
The club this year is being run by President Lochlainn Garvey, with support from a committee that includes stalwart Dylan Lacey and a great crew of first year players many of whom have taken positions on the committee. The team is coached by Ciaran O’ Hara.
Players to watch?
Our hope is that everyone is worth watching, that players take what they’ve learned and put that in to practice in game scenarios and show that they are able to compete with the bigger Colleges in Birmingham, Cambridge, Cork and Oxford.
Who has the x-factor?
Kevin Dunne, the man can have fun.
Goals for the tournament?
To have a say in the cup’s destination, to mix and make new friends and to showcase the talented footballers in the MU Power club.