As this year’s captain of Clondakin RFC, it is with great pleasure that I welcome all players, members, supporters and referees to Gordon Park.
My first introduction to the club was back in 2010 in the colours of my home club Navan RFC in the 1st round of the Towns Cup. I was on the losing side that day but I was blown away by the spirit, camaraderie and atmosphere from the Clondalkin RFC side. It took me another full season to give up the commute to Navan from Drimnagh but my first impressions of the club were true, as I was warmly welcomed into the club and immediately felt part of the team. As I look at the list of past captains, all of which are Clondalkin RFC legends, it is a great honour and privilege to be now be part of that group and to lead the club this year. I intend to represent Clondalkin RFC to the best of my ability.
This year feels like the beginning of something special, we have a squad mixed with old stalwarts and young and hungry local players. Already in my short time as captain, I have noticed how we have leaders all over the pitch, this makes my job easier and shows how much the club means to the players. The clubhouse and pitches have seen an incredible amount of investment in recent years and are in great shape for the season ahead. Our coaching ticket has been refreshed with locally produced lads who bring the knowledge, commitment and passion we need to improve as players on a both an individual and team basis to bring great success to Clondalkin RFC. With this new setup I fully believe that we will achieve our ambition this year which is very much to win our first league and Towns Cup title.
I would like to wish all players, coaches, managers and volunteers from minis level right up to senior level, on both the ladies and men’s teams, all the best for the upcoming season. I am hopeful that we will have a lot of success to celebrate throughout the Club. It gives me great pleasure to see ex-players filter down and support our underage system in coaching. I would love to see this tradition continue in future years as I feel there is a lot of untapped potential in the area that could really develop our club.
To our president Chris McGinn and the rest of the executive committee I congratulate you on your election and wish you all the best in your roles.
A sincere thank you to all our supporters, your support is greatly appreciated.
Finally, I would like to thank my parents, brother and sister for the continued support. Particularly my dad Leo Finlay, now chariman of Navan RFC, who coached me all the way through mini’s and youths from the age of 5 only to see me play for another club! I would also like to thank my girlfriend Sophie, who I will marry in December, for supporting me to take this role, despite the big year it is for us personally.
Yours in Rugby
Captain, Clondalkin RFC 2017/2018