• Looking Ahead

    With the league due to start tomorrow thereís a disquieting air of uncertainty around the future of Terenure 3rds. This will by my sixth season with the club and most of the previous five have centred on the same squad, there has always been a core of reliable old heads that could be counted on every week and you could take the field knowing that every game would at least produce a battling performance. This season though, there has been a sea change, many of the old heads have moved to the new over 35 squad while others have retired or moved on. As it stands it looks like Iíll most likely be the last man standing from the team I joined and will be surrounded by new faces. A few of the lads from last season should be returning but only a couple of them were regulars and the other players who take the field will mostly be new to the club.
    Thatís where the worry surfaces, we havenít really managed to play any friendlies as a unit, there has been no real definition of how players will be divided among the clubs three teams this year and so the opportunity to develop as a team has not been there. Itís one think putting eleven players on a field; itís another thing entirely putting a team out there. The early stages of the season could prove difficult and with a freshly promoted Chapelizod side up first followed by the old heads of Grant City thereís no easing into things. The fear is we put out an eleven that hardly knows each other, we donít seem to have a goalkeeper either, and we ship a couple of heavy defeats, thatís when people get discouraged and old reliable heads are needed to keep the show on the road.
    Hopefully Iím just being negative and this new team will bond quickly and be a raging success, but, Iím not even confident weíll have eleven for Saturday yet. We played a friendly last Tuesday and drew 2-2 but two of that team have already left the club while others are unavailable and at least three will be involved with the 2nds (It did allow me to complete my played in every position for Terenure bingo card with a half hour in goal and a peno save). In a way I suppose itís an exciting time for the club, it has continued to expand, with an over 35s team and an under 19 team playing in LSL Sunday, as well as a glut of new players signing from other clubs. As these new players settle in and find their level Iím sure a new regular team will be established for the 3rds and Iíll be the old reliable head hanging around but itís a bit of an end of an era for me and it will take a while to get used to the new names and faces. As long as we can survive the difficult start things should prosper and hopefully my match reports might even get to include a, long overdue, goal from myself.
    Any goalkeepers out there feel free to get in touch to offer your services, you donít need to be Shay Given either!
    This article was originally published in blog: Looking Ahead started by passinginterest
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