Message from the Club Captain – Iain McGann
It is with great pride that I accept the privilege of being Old Wesley Club Captain for the 2019/20 season. Having joined the club at mini-rugby level, it’s an honour to be considered for the position of Club Captain, and one I accept with great pride. Taking over from the likes of Alan Large, Darren Horan and Paul Harte, who have done incredible jobs as captain over the past number of years, only adds to this honour.
I would like to start by welcoming all coaches, players, supporters and visiting teams to Donnybrook, for what is sure to be another exciting season of rugby. Last season, following a second place finish in the league, and an extremely hard-fought semi-final win, we found ourselves one game away from promotion to Division 1A, unfortunately coming up short against a strong UCC outfit in the playoff final. Over the past couple of seasons, there has been significant player turnover in the squad, due to retirement, travel and relocation, as well as a number of new additions. However, during the second half of last season we felt we finally clicked as a team, and we will be hoping to begin this season with the same form that we finished last season with. It was a similar theme for the 2nds, with tight losses in the league and cup finals to a strong Lansdowne team, finishing within one score on both occasions. Having now had a couple of seasons together, we are confident that with a few additions to the squad over the summer months, and another pre-season together, both teams will be able to make that final step and bring some silverware to Donnybrook at the back-end of next season.
I’d like to send a special thank you to all the supporters who backed us all year, particularly those who followed us up and down the country – your support is greatly appreciated, and certainly doesn’t go unnoticed within the squad. It was incredible to see so many family members, friends and supporters make the trip to Cork for the playoff final against UCC, and we are hoping to see you all in Donnybrook again this season.
To all our club sponsors, particularly Savills, I would like to thank you for your continued support which allows the club to function effectively day-to-day, from minis all the way up to the senior squad.
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 will have plenty of success to celebrate throughout the club during the upcoming season.
I wish to extend our thanks to last year’s Club President, Willie Campbell, for the dedication and commitment he showed throughout the season to all teams – I’m sure he’s enjoying some much needed downtime following his very hectic schedule! Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate incoming president, Adrian Hawe, 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. Employed as a real estate asset manager, his parents Joe and Hilary are regular attendees at his matches, and more recently his girlfriend Eleanor has joined his fan club.