Message from the Club Captain – Iain McGann
It is with great pride that I accept the privilege of being named Old Wesley Club Captain for the 2020/21 season. Having joined the club back at mini rugby level, it’s an honour to again fulfil the role of Club Captain.
I’d like to start by welcoming all coaches, players, supporters and visiting teams to Donnybrook. The ending to last season was certainly the strangest any of us have experienced, but one that was fully understandable given the wider circumstances – hopefully this season will see a good degree of normality return, both on and off the field. We sat in second place in Division 1B with four games remaining when the season came to an abrupt end. We were readying ourselves for a likely playoff run, with the aim of going one better than the previous year where we came unstuck in the playoff final against a strong UCC side. The J1’s just missed out on a place in the Metro League Final, narrowly losing out to UCD in the last league game, in what was effectively a semi-final. The squad were well set to give the Metro Cup a real go until the season ended early. The revised structure rolled out for this season, with the newly formed Energia Leinster League, will see plenty of local rivalries renewed in the early part of the season, with a reduced nine game All Ireland League campaign then scheduled for after the Christmas break.
I’d like to send a special thank you to all the supporters who backed us all season, particularly those who followed us up and down the country – your support is greatly appreciated, and certainly doesn’t go unnoticed within the squad. We hope all our members continue to keep safe and well and it will be great to catch up over a socially distanced pint in the clubhouse throughout the course of the season.
To all our club sponsors, in particular Savills, I would like to extend a massive thank you for your continued support. Sponsorship in the current climate is far from a given – we truly do appreciate the support we receive from all our sponsors which enables the club to run smoothly.
I would like to wish all players, coaches, managers and volunteers – from minis right up to senior level – all the best for the upcoming season. I’m hopeful that we’ll have plenty of success to celebrate throughout the club during the year.
I wish to extend a big thank you to last year’s Club President, Adrian Hawe, for the dedication and commitment he showed throughout the season and also into the summer – it certainly wasn’t the way either of us were hoping for the season to end – but it was a pleasure to be club captain alongside Adrian. Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate incoming president, Nigel Poff, on his appointment and wish him a successful season.
Iain McGann, Captain
Old Wesley Rugby Football Club
Iain played his first rugby with Old Wesley as a 7 year old mini player. After attending Wesley College he rejoined the club in 2009 as an Under 20s player, also gaining AIL honours in his first season. Apart from a year spent abroad Iain has been a member of our senior squad ever since. Iain is married to Eleanor, who he met in Australia, and she, along with his parents Joe and Hilary, are regular attendees at his matches.