Kiltegan quietly confident they can make up for 2006
QUIET CONFIDENCE, tempered with caution is the mood in the Kiltegan camp as they approach their second Senior football championship final in three years. The lesson they got from St. Patrick’s in 2006 is still very fresh in the minds of all, writes Peter Keogh.
Manager Gavin Wynne who in his first year in charge of the team believes the team will have a hard task on Sunday. ‘St. Patrick’s are a good team,’ he said, ‘and they gave us a lesson before. They have a good defence built around the captain Garry Jameson while the newcomer Darragh McEvoy has added strength at midfield. Up front where at one time we only had Paul Earls to worry about now they have six scoring forwards. They will be very hard to beat.
‘However, we have trained hard this year. The lads are in good shape and there is an air of quiet confidence in the camp
‘We have some small injury problems, a good few of the team were hit with a flu bug last week while a few of them have niggling injuries. I am confident that all will be well on the day and that we will be picking from a full strength panel.
‘We know that we have a big task on hand. St. Patrick’s are the bookies favourites and I have no problems with that. On their form this year they deserve that and it will be a change for us to go in as outsiders.
‘It will all come down to who gets it right on the day. Jim (Maguire) has the lads in fine fettle and we have done all we can to make sure everything is right.
‘There are no certainties in sport but we will be fully geared up on the day and I believe we can do it,’ he said.
Fitness trainer Jim Maguire is confident he has the team at or close to peak fitness.
‘This is my first year with the team,’ he said, ‘and I have found them hard workers. They have reached the targets I set for them and all looks well on that front.
‘I saw St. Patrick’s play in the semifinal and they are also a fine team and looked very fit and fresh. I believe we will have two fresh teams in the final and it should be a great match.
‘Kiltegan have the ability to win but at the end of the day it will all come down to who gets it right on the day. We have a good bunch of lads and I believe we can do it
Another man new to the job is Stephen Corrigan who will be captaining a team for the first time.
Stephen was born in Dublin but comes from a good Dunlavin and Wick- low footballing background - his uncle Pat Corrigan was one of the best corner-backs of his time on the Wicklow team while his father Christy also won championships with Dunlavin.
While Stephen learned his football, and hurling, in Lucan and played for the Lucan Sarsfields he has lived for the last five years in Rathdangan.
Stephen says it is always hard to predict the result of any match but he believes his side is in good shape and will do the job on the day.
‘They are a great bunch of lads and have worked hard at their game. While we have huge respect for St. Patrick’s and will be taking nothing for granted. We also have great confidence in out own ability. We will be giving it our best shot and I believe that if we get the breaks on the day we can do it.p
The management team: Manager - Gavin Wynne; Trainer - Jim Maguire; Selectors – Joe O’Brien, Michael Foley and Mick Kearney. Kit manager - Mervyn Wynne, Physio - Mary Clarke.
Others on the management team include Pat Ivory, Seamus Farrell, Michael Farrell and Ciarán O’Toole.
The main club officers are – Chairman - Noel Farrell; Vice-Chairman - Tony Kelly; Secretary - Collie Doyle; Fixtures Secretary - Pat Ivory; Treasurer - Michael Lennon. PRO – Darren Moran.
THE KILTEGAN CLUB
Football was played in the Kiltegan/Rathdangan area from the very start of the association, and probably long before. In the first Wicklow championship played in 1887 there was two teams – the William O’Briens from Rathdangan and Barraderry Volunteers from Kiltegan.
There was also clubs from the area that played in Carlow – notably Tynock and later Tinaclash. Rathdangan were by far the most successful of the lot for many years.
They won a JFC in 1924 and two SFC’s – the first in 1930 and the second in 1936. The present club, officially called Naomh Teagain was founded as a Juvenile club in 1964 by Brian Graham and Peter Whelan and the adult section was added in 1966.
The club has enjoyed remarkable success in its relitively short existence, patricurlary in hurling.
They have won eight Senior hurling championships as well as county titles in every other grade.
The football side of the club will be contesting their fifth final in the Senior grade on Sunday, having won the Miley Cup in 1986, lost two finals to Rathnew and one to St. Patrick’s.