I would like to warmly welcome everyone to College Park, ‘Home of Trinity Rugby’. I am deeply honoured to Captain D.U.F.C. for the 2018/19 season.
Firstly, I must mention Michael Courtney’s contribution as Captain last season . Mick led by example as we maintained our AIL 1A status and won the coveted Colours trophy against UCD in what was yet another memorable encounter in College Park. Thanks also must go to 2017/18 President Collie Byrne and I look forward to working with the 2018/19 president Aidan Walsh in leading this famous Club to another successful season. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all our club sponsors and advertisers for their continued support – enabling the Club to provide the fantastic facilities and services that we all enjoy.
This is our third successive season in Division 1A of the AIL. It promises to be an entertaining, challenging season as many of the stalwarts of the previous seasons have moved on leaving us with a youthful looking side. It is on the back of the hard work and dedication of past D.U.F.C. players and coaching staff under our Director of Rugby, Tony Smeeth, that we have the opportunity to prove ourselves at the top table of Irish club rugby once more. Of last year’s team, we have many players moving on to pursue new avenues and challenges in rugby and careers both at home and abroad. While I spent last year in France, playing with Colomiers, I had the honour of playing with many of them in my first two seasons in Trinity and I wish them all every success in life and rugby and look forward to meeting some of them on the pitch during the coming season. To the players that I will be wearing the white jerseys with this year – it is time to move forward and to build our own legacy.
A club is not defined by one team and success cannot be measured only by the 1stXV’s achievements. Last season our U20’s side, led by James Hickey, had a phenomenal campaign, being crowned All-Ireland Champions in April of this year. The spine of this 20’s team will progress into the senior ranks this season and I am one of many looking forward to the energy and hunger they will bring. Our seconds finished the season strongly with two resounding wins against St.Mary’s which enabled us to maintain our league standing. Our women’s team, under Molly Boyne last season and Jane Leahy this season, continues to go from strength to strength. The numbers playing for Trinity overall grew once more and you would be hard pressed to find a more dedicated, enthusiastic group of players anywhere. I am sure the coming season will be a successful and enjoyable one for all involved with Trinity Rugby.
Our goals for this season are simple – to demand everything of one another, to represent and epitomise what Trinity Rugby is about and to leave nothing on the pitch. Oursquad of players aim to create a selfless culture based on hard work and togetherness, a group of friends willing to work harder than everyone else.
A special mention of our past President Roger Brownlee, who sadly passed away earlier this year and was the President of the Club in our first year in Div.1A. Roger was a true clubman and his presence will be sorely missed around College Park and other club grounds. Rest in Peace, Roger.
I hope the coming season will be filled with enjoyable rugby, played in the true Trinity style with many memorable matches in College Park and beyond. I cannot overstate how excited I am to kick this season off and I am counting down the days until our first AIL game against Garryowen in Dooradoyle on October 6th.
Thank you to everyone involved for your continued support of D.U.F.C. and I look forward to seeing you out in force supporting all our teams.
Yours in rugby,
D.U.F.C. Club Captain 2018/2019