Kil­te­gan qui­etly con­fi­dent they can make up for 2006

Bray People - - Sport -

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.

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