By John McIlwaine
On Tuesday evening I took a trip up to Belfast to get a few pics of the clubs training and what a perfect evening it turned out to be, perfect conditions for those returning to action. Most of the players I photographed hadn’t been together since last September when the Antrim championship ended and it was clear just much it meant to them to get back in action. Over at the Dub the Rossa hurlers were in flying form as Micky McCullagh put them through their paces, while down on the bottom pitch the footballers (those who are not ‘dual stars’) were working hard under the expert eye of Hugh McGettigan.
Over to Rossa Park where the U15 hurlers and ladies footballers were pickin up where they left off last season, while St Paul’s Under 13 hurlers who showing off their skills up at Naomh Pol. A sneak peak through the boundry fence captured Sarsfields minor footballers in action before heading dow the Glen Road to St Teresas where the hurlers and ladies footballs were shaking off the winter rust under the watchful eye of managers Seammy O’Hara and Seamus O’Neill. Philly Maguire had obviously had a training programme of his own during the lay-off as he was out front in the all the early sprints.
Down to Milltown where the new man in charge of St Gall’s Paddy Murray was putting them through their paces on the bottom pitch while Mickey Culbert jnr was taking charge of the ladies team on the main pitch. Up the Whiterock to O’Donnell’s where Corpus Christie Gaels minor football team were working hard in preparation for the new season.
Up to Corrigan Park where the Johnnies were in full flow, driven on by team manager Paddy Nugent and I have to say the place was looking in great shape, with the new stand forming the perfect backdrop for the action. Back down the Fall’s to catch the last few minutes of senior football training at Davitt’s. What a great set-up it is at the new Davitt Park. Team manager Gerard Nugent and his Coaches put the team through a hard programme.
Up the hill, our man on the inside, Kevin Herron, got a few shots of the senior hurlers in action while down in Moneyglass Elaine Kelly captured the action as the last season’s Intermediate champions St Ergnat’s got back at it under the management of brothers Peter and Martin Doherty.