IT could be the year the Institute of Technology in Tralee flexes its muscle on the football fields of Ireland to announced its arrival as a superpower in the prestigious inter-colleges Sigerson Cup competition.
The eagerly-awaited campaign opens this Sunday when the college clashes with IT Carlow at Austin Stack Park, Tralee (2.00pm) with the victor progressing straight to the quarter-finals a week later to meet the winners of UCC v NUIG while the losers will play in a relegation final against the losers of the Athlone IT v Letterkenny IT. The relegation decider is also scheduled for January 19.
IT Tralee, trained by the astute Liam Brosnan and Kieran Donaghy, with Aidan O’Mahony in the coaching staff, are primed for battle and straining at the leash for the opportunity to make their mark in this year’s Sigerson and the management team has certainly assembled a squad of players more than capable of delivering against the best in the country.
Kerry senior squad members Dara Moynihan (Spa), Gavin Crowley (Templenoe), Michael Potts (Dr Crokes) Eddie Horan (Scartaglen) and Tony Brosnan (Dr Crokes) are joined by several other players who have worn the green and gold or have built up valuable senior county championship experience, including Killarney Legion attacker Conor Keane, Barry John Keane (Kerins O’Rahillys), Mark O’Shea and Paul Clarke of Dr Crokes, Jack Morgan (Austin Stacks) Jack Savage (Kerins O’Rahillys), and the very promising Evan Cronin. Greg Horan of Austin Stacks is also in the squad but he is currently injured.
Adding further strength there’s Wicklow’s Conor Byrne, Cavan’s Conor Smith, Roscommon’s Daire Keenan, Meath’s Michael Gavin and Cork’s Tony Watson.
Oh, and if they need a bit of firepower up front, there’s a young hotshot by the name of David Clifford, from Fossa, also available.
Kerry company Lee Strand this weekend announced a sponsorship deal with the IT Tralee squad.
IT Tralee spokesman, Eamon Fitzgerald, said they are delighted to be in partnership with such a thriving local business.
“This sponsorship deal helps the players in their preparation and makes the team look a lot more professional as they head in to the Sigerson Cup campaign,” he remarked.
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