Captain Keith shares his thoughts on Sunday

This Sunday the Seniors face Kiltormer in the first round of the championship at 2pm in Duggan Park Ballinasloe. We put a few questions to captain Keith Kennedy

How does it feel to be senior captain?
When Tom rang me and asked me to be captain of the senior team for the year I was delighted and very proud it's a huge honour for me to captain the lads this year, we've a great bunch of lads and I'm just delighted the management asked me to be captain.

What's your thoughts on this year after the return to senior last year?
Last year was a huge stepping stone for us. We were drawn in a group with past and current all Ireland club winners, we really did have to up the speed in which we played, senior is a lot different to intermediate, there is a lot more space the game is played at a higher intensity and the opposition is of great quality, this year we are in the mix from the start we have been training and preparing for our first game since early January and to me it's the most important game as a win will get us through to the group stages. It's a tough format but highly competitive.

How is training going?
Training is going well, we have Paul Keane over the strength and endurance training it's been very tough but as every year you have to put in the hard work early on to get the benefits later on. There's a great mood in training and the lads enjoy it so preparations are going well.

Niall has retired and several players are injured how will that affect ye?
The loss of Niall is a huge blow he'd be one of the more senior players the last few years and not having him around the dressing room and on the field is disappointing he was a great speaker an knew how to get lads going. We have a few niggly injuries that have cropped up in the run up to the first round and it hasn't been the best preparation but we have lads on the line that are ready to come in if we have any serious injuries and I have no doubt they will give 110% aswell.
(The Club will also be without our talismanic physio Johanna for the first time in a few years, she will be out side the fence with her 8 week old apprentice Lucy. No need for panic the  team will be in the safe hands of  trainer Paul)

Thoughts on Sunday?
We've been training since early January for this game on Sunday. When we listened to the draw and found out it was Kiltormer we were going to be playing we knew straight away it was going to be an immense battle they are a really strong club with a great tradition. It's going to be a dog fight we know it's going to take everything we have to beat a team like Kiltormer they have some really quality players. On Sunday it's going to be the team that wants it the most and the team willing to leave everything out on the pitch that's going to win this and I know if we do that and if we perform we can get the result we want.

The club would like to wish all the best to Keith and the lads on Sunday, we know they will leave nothing on the field, make sure to get out and support them. If you cant make it we will keep you updated with scores through out the game.

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