GRANGEVALE'S Diarmuid O’Neill was sounding very upbeat about the AUL season ahead when I caught up with him recently.
“We were looking forward to the title run-in last season, but we’re happy that we have been promoted as we were well on course anyway.
“All the lads have been running quite a lot during lockdown in an effort to keep active.
“The group chat was a good outlet and when things looked promising for a return, excitement built."
They're looking forward to Division One football this season and their aim will be to win the title.
“As part of our ambitions, we will be going flat out to try and win the St Michael’s Cup as well as the City Challenge.
“We would also love to make it out of Cork in the FAI and Munster Junior Cup competitions.
“Unfortunately, we have lost our home ground of Grangevale Park, our home since the ’70s, but thankfully, we have secured Mayfield United’s Astro on Sunday mornings which will suit how we like to play.
“The management team will consist of Diarmuid O’Neill, John O’Connell, Adam Kelleher, Timmy Hayes, Jim O’Leary and Alfie McCarthy.
“We are delighted to have added Jim on board while Alfie is in from the start this season.
“The committee remains in place while we start the season for the first time without the presence of Dave Williamson who passed away in January.
“Eoghan Jeffers, Damien Lynch and Finbarr Buckley run the committee side of the club and we hope to continue to see club legends Pat Courtney, Donie Cronin, Davy Hayes and Bernie Williamson at games throughout the season.
“Squad-wise, Mickey Hennessey, Brian O’Leary and Conor O’Leary have joined the squad and have settled in seamlessly.
“We have been training twice a week and players have put in some serious fitness sessions already.
“We will be training twice a week in C.S.N. when it returns and players will have the option of attending weekly training sessions in Dennehy’s Health and Fitness centre in Douglas in January.
“All the players’ stats are tracked for the season and we run our very own MVP competition where points are earned throughout the year.
“Players in our group also compete across 25 different exercise challenges including runs, weight training and body exercises.
“Socially, we’ll continue to work with the players to help us in fundraising with plenty of social events in return.
“We’ve taken a massive hit financially with our Church Gate Collection and Quiz cancelled due to the Pandemic so, we welcome all support for the season in upcoming fundraisers.
“We also look forward to continued support and links with the Grange Bar and Dennehy’s Health and Fitness,” said Diarmuid.