For DCU’s senior hurlers, the start to the 2014/2015 season has been perfect. New manager Nick Weir has seen his side account for NUI Maynooth and Dublin rivals UCD, St.Pat’s and DIT.
Maynooth, Pat’s and DIT were well beaten by Weir’s men but the win over UCD was possibly more impressive as an unexpected comeback saw them win by just a goal.
The outstanding start to the season has been a pleasant surprise for the Westmeath native and former inter-county hurler who feels that the mental approach of his group of players has been a key factor.
“The attitude and commitment of the lads has been absolutely excellent. I couldn’t fault them for effort they’ve given absolutely everything.
“They never know when they’re beaten and never give up. The honesty of effort that they give really is excellent.”
Weir heaped praise on his team’s performance in Belfield against a strong UCD side.
“The win over UCD impressed me the most so far. We came back from a long way down I think it was between six and eight points at one stage but they didn’t throw in the towel.”
Given DCU’s early exit from last years Fitzgibbon Cup they’re unlikely to be considered favourites by many for Fitzgibbon glory. However, with their perfect start attitudes are changing and the traditionally strong hurling colleges will likely be wary of the Dublin side. Weir knows the task ahead is a tall one but with each win comes more confidence.
“Starting off I’d have said winning the whole thing would be unrealistic. But it’s been such a great start that anything is possible.”
Despite the great start and some sparkling indvidual performances Weir wants to keep the team on their toes, especially when the Fitzgibbon Cup gets underway. The players, no matter what their reputation outside of third level hurling, are under no illusions that they must fight to keep their place in the squad.
“The starting 15 for the Fitzgibbon will deviate and players will come in and out. None of them are assured of their places in the team just yet.”
DCU’s hurlers have yet to reach a Fitzgibbon Cup final and the historic competition hasn’t been won by a Dublin side since UCD defeated UCC in the 2001 final.
With the way the team have gelled and performed so far this year, the players might dare to dream about unprecedented glory.
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