2015 Annual General Meeting (AGM)
It's with great pleasure we reflect upon another fantastic season for St Brendan's. 2014 saw our young Saints sweep the board with the Under 18, Under 14, and Under 12 teams taking the Warwickshire Championship titles. We can't forget our young Under 8 and Under 10 teams who won the Shield in both the League and the Championship.
Although we didn't walk away with any silverware at senior level this year, it certainly was a battle right to the end of the season to secure our place in Division 2 for 2015. With thanks to Jack Jeffcott, and his sources at Birmingham University, we were fortunate to sign some new recruits who made a big impact to the 2014 team. On the flip side, we struggled with lots of injuries throughout the season. One particular game out in Leicester, put Fergal Hartnett out for the remainder of the season with a serious injury, and he was greatly missed on the pitch. With indoor training already in progress, it's clear the senior team mean business in 2015!
The experienced Under 18 team cleaned up across Warwickshire. Along with winning the Championship, they claimed the League title too. We also had a number of players step-up to play senior-level football for the first time, and they made a lasting impression. It was great to see one of these players go on to win Young Player of the Year.
We has a late surge at Under 16 level, where Owen McGettrick beat Anna on the recruitment front. Owen managed to sign up close to 10 players, who were then able to field in the quarter final against Roger Casements of Coventry. They produced an exceptional performance, especially considering it was their very first match together.
A well-established Under 14 team fought hard against Sean McDermott's of Birmingham to win the Warwickshire Championship title. Again, another great display in London at the 'All Britain Championship' saw this team reach the semi-final stage of the competition, representing the club extremely well.
As for out Under 12 team, it was great to See Adrian McGee coaching and getting involved. Even though he took the job whilst 'under the influence', I'm sure you'd agree that it was one of Vincent McDaid's best signings. A trip to the 'All Britain Championship' on a scorching hot Summer's day, saw our Under 12 team reach the quarter-finals. We have no doubt that this year they will be serious contenders in the competition.
Our youngest Saints showed so much enthusiasm last year. For many of these young boys and girls, it was their very first time playing Gaelic football. Word then spread about how much fun they were having, that the numbers grew and grew at Billesley Common. We really hope they stick with it, and continue to progress through the club in the years ahead.
Off the pitch, and on the social side of things, we had some great events together. A coach full of 70 children, along with parents, headed off to Alton Towers in June for a well-deserved day of fun. A successful race night, whilst raising money for the club, exposed some gambling traits come out of some of the children. There was another successful Dinner Dance that went on to the early hours, and a day-trip to Cheltenham Races which left pretty much everyone penniless!
All that remains, is for us to with St Brendan's the very best of luck this year!
Up the Saints!
Emma & Tara Tolan
8 February 2015