THE Newcestown minor footballers recently captured the Division 1 championship title which ensured they captured the double in both codes, a unique and great achievement for the Carbery divisional club.
Their minor footballers captured the championship title after they defeated Clyda Rovers in extra-time following their replayed encounter played in Páirc Uí Chaoimh.
Team selector Charlie Wilson was thrilled with their recent football success.
“It was a fierce win considering we were down a few players. It was a great achievement for the club. Clyda are a fine team.
“We were down by five points with a few minutes left. Momentum was with us in extra-time. The lads showed great character. Winning dual county titles at minor level is a real boost for the club,” declared the club stalwart.
Charlie was full of praise for the squad depth the minor footballers possessed which proved vital in their county final triumph.
“We were without lads for various reasons and then in extra-time lads were down with cramp and exhaustion. Every player made a valuable contribution.
“Fellas stepped up to the plate. Our substitutes made a vital impact.
“We also emphasise it is a squad game and every player has a big role to play.
“Winning the double in both codes is great. It was practically the same starting team for both codes. However, what is also vital is the huge improvement every player made as the year went on which is crucial going forward.
“What was also beneficial was the progress the U16 players made by playing minor all year. Our U16 and U15 players had never won a championship game in their own age and now they end their season by winning two county titles at minor level in football and hurling.”
Newcestown GAA club at all levels continue to excel and churn out an array of talented players in both codes. They are also generally competing for honours and are always a very competitive team.
Charlie reckons the players’ dedication and loyalty towards the club is a big factor in their success.
“We generally don’t win much at underage levels, but when it comes to U16 and up, we seem to win more titles. I think this is due to the hard work put in my so many coaches at all grades and also our players not leaving our club.
“Other clubs, particularly in the large urban areas, lose a lot of players at these age groups for a variety of reasons, but our players continue to work hard and develop accordingly. Our player retention is very good.
“We look after our players. We invest a lot in them and they, in turn, feel a degree of loyalty to the club. The players within the club are great to work with also. They are hard-working and they take it seriously.
“There is a great sense of pride in the jersey. There is a great community spirit. The players love playing for the club. Hopefully these players will continue to work hard and move up to the various adult teams.”
One of the key players in the recent Newcestown success is talented dual player David Buckley. David was a key member of this year’s Cork U20 football panel.
Charlie and all involved with the Newcestown club are delighted with his progress.
“He is a great prospect. He plays in the backs for Cork and in the forwards for us.
“He can play anywhere. He has a great attitude. Give him a job and he will do it well.
“The club are very proud of David. It is brilliant. He is a very unassuming and genuine lad. He is very humble.”
Newcestown GAA Club are the benchmark for so many clubs throughout the county. They compete in the senior grades in football, hurling and camogie.
They possess great facilities, a great voluntary ethic within the club with a number of their current adult players helping out at underage level. Charlie insists their success is borne out of hard work and a love of their club and community.
“We are enjoying good days now and we will enjoy them as you never know what is around the corner results wise. There is a real sense of belonging and a real sense of who you are and what you represent when you put on the club jersey.
“You have an identity. The jersey and our colours mean so much to the players.
“It is a unique jersey. It is respected by all as they acknowledge the role their predecessors have played in our club’s history.
“The jersey is ours to maintain and wear with pride, before we pass it on to the next generation.”
Charlie, who himself enjoyed a glittering career with both Newcestown and Carbery, loves passing on his knowledge to the Newcestown minor footballers and hurlers.
He was also recently appointed as the coaching officer for the Carbery Board. He is hoping to continue on the good work of Mark O’Donovan during his three-year tenure.
“I wouldn’t have taken on the role unless it was something worth doing. There is good potential there. Mark did a great job. I hope to carry on the good structures he put in place.
“We are hoping to run a number of coaching workshops. There is great coaching work going on behind the scenes within all the clubs in the division.”