|Kieran Cox puts the players through their paces.|
John also indicated that an event of this magnitude provides a spotlight in which the Boston Northeast division can shine in with the presence of senior members of the GAA and the cream of the country’s talent. “It is a great honour for me as Chairman of the Northeast Divisional Board to welcome both the 2013 and 2014 All Stars to Boston. I would like to thank the executive committee from Croke Park for allowing us to showcase our facilities at a GAA event of this magnitude” added John.
|Getting the abs in order.|
Tralee native Brian Kennedy is managing the Boston side and along with Gerry Prior (Wolfe Tones) and Michael McGinty (Donegal) the local team is in good hands. Brian has managed the Shannon Blues to two Boston senior football championships and has taken the reins to manage the Boston team that will play New York. The Boston home based players rarely have a chance to get together and play as a team, and Brian is greatly appreciative of the support and backing the group has received from Boston Northeast Chairman. “JC has backed us from the start and to be asked to manage Boston is an honor” said Brian.
The group has been training the last two weeks and Brian is enthused by the response from the home based players. Turnout at training has been almost one hundred percent with home based players from the local clubs showing a real desire to represent Boston in five weeks time. “There has been a great response,” said Brian. “The commitment is great, the lads are putting it in on the training ground and giving everything for the game” he added. As for the game itself Brian is sure that the Boston side will represent themselves well against their counterparts who have inter-county championship experience. “If we keep this going for the next 5 weeks we will give New York a good game. We do not just want to show up, we want to win the game.”
In addition to the adults, Gaelic footballers based on this side of the pond, the kids will also get their chance to shine. A Boston Under 12 team will play Shannon Rangers on All Star Game day. Players from the local underage teams will get together to face Shannon Gaels, one of New York’s pre-eminent underage clubs. Training for the Under 12s takes place on Sundays at 1:30 at the ICC. GDA Kieran Cox is managing the Boston team.