The Club would like to say congrats to Conor Daly on being made Senior Team Captain, to Niall Earls on been made Vice Captain and to wish them, their team-mates and management all the best of luck on return to Senior Hurling. We caught up with Conor and put a few questions to him.
What does it mean to the team to be Senior again?
"Well I think it is very important for a club like ours to be Senior, it is every players ambition to play at the highest level possible. Also it will be good for the younger generation who look up to the senior team in the club. We are building a strong team now and our aim is to progress into a strong senior team over the coming years".
Have ye had to step up training and did ye find league way tougher this year?
"Yes training has been upped quiet considerably this year. Making the jump from Intermediate to Senior is a great challenge and is one all the players have embraced. The new management have brought a freshness to the team and the boys have responded by giving 100% every session and game. I have noticed in the league matches that the tempo of the game is much faster, as the games have gone on we have become much stronger as we are getting fitter and stronger all the time. Senior hurling is also a lot more open and the skill levels are very high, its where you want to be".
A few players have retired and a few young lads joined the team, how is that working out?
"Yes a few players have dropped out this year all right. It is strange not to see the likes of Clement Earls and Paul Kilkenny in the dressing room any more but they still attend a lot of training and their experience will be invaluable to the younger guys coming through. These young lads have adapted very quickly, it is great to see such good talent coming through the club and long may it continue. It shows the great work been done at underage level that we have so many players stepping up to county level at every age, I wish them every success" .
How does it feel to be team captain?
"It is a great honour for me to be Captain and to have Niall Earls as Vice Captain. To be able lead out your club team with so many of your friends is something I will always be proud of. Hopefully I can do all the lads and the management proud and I thank them for having such faith in me".
Finally what are your thoughts on Saturday?
"Saturday is going to be a really tough challenge, Clarinbridge have been All Ireland champions as recently as 2011 so we are under no illusions with the task facing us. They have always been there or there abouts in Galway and the have all our respect. That said we will be stepping out onto Kenny Park Saturday evening at 6.30 ready to meet this challenge head on. We would appreciate everyone's support please. It is a great honour to be back senior so let's get out and show your support".