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 are the CIT Saints, who are taking the plunge into their first Fitzpatrick Cup after officially forming their club last year. Check out what CIT Saints Team Manager, Paul Murphy, had to say about their team’s upcoming first AFL Europe tournament.
Fitzpatrick Cup history and highlights:
Seeing as we only established in September this will be the first Fitzpatrick Cup for the CIT Saints. Despite that we have a few players who have played in the competition previously. I’m sure the opportunity to represent CIT this time around will be a highlight.
How is the preparation going?
Preparation is going well – we were training once a week up until the Christmas break and now we have picked it up to two sessions a week in the build up to the competition.
What are the main attributes of your team?
Keeping the game simple and getting the ball to the scoring zone as quick as possible. That is until our full back decides to go wandering in a bid to grab himself a goal.
So, who’s in charge?
Conor O Hally Halloran is the man in charge. Hally has been a great help as he is a veteran of the game. In particular he has been great to the boys in and around the middle teaching them everything he knows including the dark arts.
Players to watch?
New first year players like Shane O Callaghan, Jerry Cronin and Shane Sweetnam are all excelling and picking up the game in no time which is sure to benefit the Saints as they bid to progress to the later stages of the competition. We can bring the older experienced lads who have played in the competition before the likes of Kevin O Regan, Jack Hayes and Paul Murphy. CIT have a good mix of youthfulness and experience that should see them pose a threat for any they come up against.
Who has the x-factor?
One of our X factors players is our pacey full forward Jack Hayes. Jack was joint top goal scorer in last year’s competition. The other X factor player is Conall Keane in the ruck who’s ability spearheads many of our attacks.
Goals for the tournament?
We are taking it game by game and we will see what happens.