By Sorcha Holohan
Happy New Year all! As the second semester begins, the beginning of a new micro chapter in college greatly excites us all.
What lies ahead of us is unknown, but for us rugby players we know that this is the semester for performance.
The Intervarsities and the lead up to the All-Ireland Final are both upcoming, and the future’s winners will be determined by the application of hard work, preparation, and positive psychological mindset.
Firstly, we will have a stand at the recruitment drive for all new members, both experienced and non-experienced players, all very welcome to join our family-like team.
This will take place on the 2nd of February in the University Concert Hall.
Looking back on the previous year, the unsuccessful retention of the Senior All-Ireland Cup and the loss of the Intervarsities were heartbreaking.
However, it motivated the players to work hard to piece together the various elements to form a winning team.
This includes a high-quality backroom team.
Irish player Fíona Reidy is at the helm, always steering us in the right direction.
Valerie Mitchel is also on board, and we are very thankful to both of them.
A new Junior Team was formed in 2016 and won the Junior All-Ireland Final.
They are looking to retain that cup and the title this year and they have had the perfect start to the year, winning 4 out of 4 in the Senior league, and 2 out of 2 in the Junior league.
Finally, our team is setting out in pursuit of winning and becoming champions, nothing less.
This will include numerous training, gym, and team bonding sessions.
We welcome these challenges and as Vince Lombardi once said: “The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand”.