Our Season's Reboot by D. O'Brien

Our Season’s Reboot (no pun meant)

St Mary’s College RFC is 117 years old and has had great and some not so great times.  One thing it has always had, character.  It has that quality now too in great abundance.  It shows, from our president, David Fanagan, steadfast, and steeped in Marys’ familial history, to our newest team; to our boys and girls our men and women, players and supporters.  It shows clearly too, in our senior squad in the young adventurous and brave coaches, Peter and Steve, in the efficient and dedicated management under Paudge, in the exceptional director of rugby, Alan, who behind the scenes, makes it all happen, and in the talented, developing players, including their courageous, committed and much admired captain, Ciaran Ruddock.

It is clear that we are not in the best place, not where we would like to be, but here is where we are and here is some reality.  We have only played seven of our eighteen games.  We have eleven to come.  Now some of those may be particularly difficult, but several are less so and we will target them.  Yes we need to improve further our defence, our organisation and our kicking, particularly positional kicking.  However, this is a young squad and they are improving, and will improve. 

What about us the members, what can we do and maybe what have we not done? Well, anyone who was there tonight will have noted that there were more TCD supporters than Marys’ ones on the terraces. And most of all they will have noted that they (TCD) were louder, more enthusiastic and encouraging than we were. This was not the first time that it has been like that this season. So, we can raise our support, get out on the terraces, also we can stay after games, meet the players and build our social team.  We can also join those who go to the away games and help our team realise its potential and its belonging; we can make a real effort. It can never be underestimated the extremely positive effects of vociferous support; it does make a difference.  Those few who think it more productive to criticise and complain please consider instead, positively getting behind the team.

We have faced adversity before and we have prevailed.  The collective will shall drive us on, that wonderful warm feeling of belonging, of us.  Our record is one of the best club records in the country, we have very fine facilities and we are mainly all close friends and social family.  Okay, we have not the money nor the perversity to chase every top class school leaver, but we have renown and history that entices excellent young players and persons to join us.

So let us go forwards with belief and hope, and support in every way we can, our lads; our coaches, our players and all those who are working to improve in every way our club and its fortunes.

D O’Brien