I’m delighted to accept the captaincy of Monkstown FC for the 2020/2021 season.
It is with pride that I take over from outgoing captain Michael McLoughlin who served with distinction and great commitment over the past few years. I also would like to congratulate incoming President Eamonn Tuffy and wish him success on building on all the hard work of his predecessors.
I extend my gratitude to our Director of Rugby Brian Hogan and Honorary Secretary Brian Aherne who are standing down this year after serving the Club with distinction.
I want to welcome back all players, coaches, members and supporters to Sydney Parade for the coming season. In these unprecedented times, some normality and entertainment on the field will be a welcome addition for us all. I want to acknowledge the fantastic work done by the committee members and the coaching team in getting the appropriate Covid-19 precautions in place to get us back out training and ultimately to get us out playing in Sydney Parade.
A special thanks must be extended to the Club’s committee in their efforts keeping the Club running smoothly in what were difficult circumstances last season and the challenging times ahead. With the gym now in full swing, the clubhouse and facilities are second to none. Your work behind the scenes does not go unnoticed.
David Mahon continues on as head coach with Chris O’Connor and Declan Lavery providing their considerable knowledge as assistant coaches. Brian Flaherty remains as strength and conditioning coach. David Kilbride takes on the Second XV again this year. We welcome back Blaithin Brady and Sarah Crosbie as physios who do stellar work in getting us out on the pitch every week. We must also thank ever presents John Carroll and Gary Coughlan for all they do around the Club. Club stalwart David Forrest also deserves a thank you for his hard work.
This year once again we welcome a number of new players into the Club. We have players from all parts of the country as well as the globe which shows the inclusivity and diversity of our Club.
As a group we are hoping to build on the success of going unbeaten last year. While moving up to division 1A will bring greater challenges, with the talent and commitment shown so far I have no doubt we will meet the challenge head on and bring some exciting rugby for the supporters to enjoy this season.
I wish all teams the very best in the coming season.
Club Captain 2020-21