In this week’s Limerick Leader column, the Secret Junior Footballer says that the end of the local GAA season is a big boost for his club.
The transfer window is about to swing open and not a moment too soon.
We’re almost halfway through the league season and the out-of-town stages of the national and provincial cups have almost been decided so players who are cup-tied are generally no-go areas. But for those of us who ply their trade in the lower league the transfer window can open and close without so much as a draught. What excites us most is when the GAA finishes up. It’s almost like a raft of new signings has appeared on the horizon and the tide is taking them to our little harbour.
Most of them are flying fit and ready for road and almost certainly they’ve got the bitterness of a rotten season of Bogball to drive them through the dark winter nights before they’re ‘allowed’ to train with the parish again.
It’s great to see the increase in numbers at training and most of the time they bring a real competitive edge to proceedings. Having never lined out for the local hurling or gaelic football team I can only speculate what the coaches and selectors put these lads through when the Junior B county semi-final looms large over the summer but football, proper football that is, never seems to exert the same pressure on the lads.
Not that we don’t want to win just as much, we absolutely do. It’s more that those of us in the league realise that really, it’s just a game of ball and if we win, we’ll be a bit happier and if we lose we’ll be a bit sadder but life goes on. What’s most pleasing about this whole situation though is that these lads are loyal.
They bring the same reliability to our game that they do to the national game and we know they’ll return. They won’t have their heads turned by the big clubs looking to solidify their precarious positions at the top half of the premier division, no matter how short they are for centrebacks or how screwed they are if their only decent player gets injured.
So the transfer window for us isn’t really that big a deal, the end of the GAA season is way more exciting. How depressing is that...
To finish, a word about the boys from the Fairgreen. Well they proved me wrong didn’t they?! No mutiny to speak of so far, some proper scalps this season in some big games and they team is flying.
They must surely have the trophy cabinet makers on call for the end of the season. For a new-ish team doing so well after a spell in the wilderness, you’d wonder if they have big enough personalities to carry them through when the going gets tough though.
With passage to the latter stages of both the FAI and Munster Junior almost confirmed they have every chance. And this is the same team that just about beat Summerville and conceded 9 goals against Regional Utd and Janesboro?
There’s hope for us all.