Ian Galvin and Jay Bateman at West Point.

It’s time for New York GAA All-Stars to toughen up


Ian Galvin and Jay Bateman at West Point.

On the wings, Galvin seems to be set with Paddy Boyle and Keith Scally, although Lonan Maguire also brings a lot of experience as well.  Scally is an attack minded player who links well with the attack. Denis O’Sullivan is also another option in this line and may see time in the middle. A good ball handling defender, he is also very strong in the tackle.

The middle of the park will belong to Alan Raftery and Brendan Quigley, the big Laois man who is also the New York captain. Much will be expected of him. 

Raff is playing at a very high level this season. He brings leadership qualities also to the fray and has no fear at this level as he has was on the New York side in 2009 that gave Mayo a good rattle and has also represented Galway and London in his career. 

Where will the scores come from in pursuit of victory? Former Donegal player Ross Wherity is on the panel this season and was played against Mayo previously for his native county. Jason Kelly of Offaly, who was a huge loss due to injury last season, is back to form while vice captain Gary O’Driscoll will be used in the forward line this season after a spell in the middle. O’Driscoll is a playmaker and scorer who will be looked on to carry the side. 

Niall Farrell, Keith Quinn and Hugh Curran are others who will possibly see starting slots, while Johnny McGeeney has come forward to be a delightful discovery this spring. His talent was always there, but New York is the recipient for an extended period for the first time. 

A projected (Irish Voice) lineout is as follows: 1 Gavin Joyce, 2 Ronan McGinley, 3 Kieran O’Connor, 4 Ger McCarten, 5 Keith Scally, 6 Paul O’Connor, 7 Paddy Boyle, 8 Brendan Quigley, 9 Alan Raftery, 10 Ross Wherity, 11 Jason Kelly, 12 Keith Quinn, 13 Johnny McGeeney, 14 Gary O’Driscoll, 15 Denis O’Sullivan. Conor McCormack, Lonan Maguire, James Huvane, Mike O’Regan, Mike Reilly, Padraig Graham, Sean O’Neill, Hugh Curran, Sean McNamee, Adrian O’Connor, Pa Ryan, Darren Walsh.

If one was to look for an inspiration let me borrow a line from Abraham Lincoln: “Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other.” 

It is time to get up. 


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