St. Pat’s captain relishing leading role
GARY JAMESON wears the captain’s arm band for St. Patrick’s for the sixth season in all and will be appearing in his second final as captain.
His previous captaincies were in the five years from 1998 – the first two years St. Patrick’s were in senior ranks but on the slide, and the next three were in intermediate where they were beaten in one final.
Gary, who is hoping that St. Patrick’s will not experience another final defeat under his captaincy on Sunday, says that he is relishing his job as team leader. ‘There is a great reaction from the lads since the start of the year. We have worked hard to get back into a county final. At last count I think we have had 98 matches and training sessions this season’.
‘The response of the players has been absolutely brilliant, they cannot do enough. They have done everything we asked. We have pulled together and I think it is the strongest squad we have ever had, stronger even that the panel than won the two championships.’
Gary Jameson felt that the hunger had gone out of the St. Patrick’s team after winning the titles in 2004 and 2006, but the arrival of Casey O’Brien as new manager has lit a new fire underneath the team. ‘The players have reacted well and we are trying harder than ever now. I would be reasonably confident about Sunday. We have done all the hard work. Training has been tough and we are moving well. We are looking forward to taking on Kiltegan.’
‘I think the final will be a hard, clean footballing game. We have a lot of respect for Kilt3egan. We have played them over the last couple of years and they knocked us out last year. So hopefully on Sunday, we will get one over on them. That defeat last year put us back a bit, but hopefully we are back motoring again and playing the way we want.
‘We are not looking beyond Sunday’s county final at this stage. We want to get over that hurdle first. Kiltegan are a great team and I think the final will be fast and hard football. Kiltegan have great pace up front with the likes of Seanie Furlong and Derek Daly. Seanie has done it for the county team.
‘At the same time we have John Slattery and Paul Earls. I don’t think David Smullen will make it and he is going to be a big loss. But we have other lads to step into the breech and hopefully do the job for us.’
Gary Jameson is looking forward to renewing his battle with Kiltegan’s Seanie Furlong.
‘I have great lads around me and hopefully we can all win our individual battles. Casey O’Brien and Gerry Farrell have told us that all each of us can do is win our individual battles and that is what each and every one of us will be trying to do.
‘We will be going man to man with our opponents on Sunday and hopefully we will come out on top. Fingers crossed and hopefully we will make it a third championship win in five years’.