It was a busy Saturday morning for the players, parents and coaches of the GCA U14’s as Dr Noel McCaffrey and his team from DCU conducted an information session on injury prevention, player recovery supports and high performance nutrition for players. This session was followed by an overview of the GCA vision, structures and facilities. After all that it was time for the team to play Offaly in an extremely competitive match. The game was played over 3x25minute thirds and all 34 players got significant game time. Wicklow won a tight game but the performance was far more important. Some note-able performers on the day were Liam Odlum, Jack Dunne, Conal Gallagher and Adam Carroll.
The GCA U15’s played in a very strong Blitz in Johnstown Bridge in County Kildare. In the first game Wicklow show great tenacity and belief and lead home side 0-4 to 0-2 early in the game; this was followed a very evenly contested first half leaving Wicklow trailing by three points at half time. Kildare scored two vital goals early in the second half which made life difficult for Wicklow. But with great character Wicklow recovered and matched Kildare in almost every department eventually by loosing 2-10 to 0-8 points at Full time. Great team display with noteworthy performances from Conor Nolan, Brian Lambert, Brian Nolan and Ciaran O’Shea. Next up fresh from their demolition of Wexford were a very strong Laois side. Three early goals for Laois put the seal on this game with Laois winning the game by a margin of 4-10 to 0-8 points. Last up were Wexford and a closley fought game saw Wexford win 5-8 to 4-5. A very enjoyable three match blitz but with no win. Training continues every Wednesday and Saturday in Ballinakill. Players from the U15 squad also attended the DCU presentation and trained afterwards. Training this Wed in Ballinakill and the team will be in DCU this Saturday with a Blitz due on the 17th of May in Waterford.
U16 training continued as usual on Wednesday evening and Saturday morning. The Wednesday session commenced with a gym based warm up conducted by Gary Jameson. The players and their parents attended the DCU Nutrition talk before training on commencing a training session which was followed by an intensive coaching session with Hugh Kenny. Next week will be busy, with training scheduled for Wednesday and a challenge match away to Meath next Saturday. The team should be well prepared for their upcoming national blitz the following week.
Team Wicklow ambassadors are continuing to recruit members with a great response to date. If you would like to support the Garden County Academy initiative please call Joe O’Brien 087 2577680 or visit www.TeamWicklow.com. All funds raised go towards preparing our juvenile football players to challenge for Leinster and All-Ireland success in years to come.