Continued success drives Comerford

Dublin goalkeeper and Dublin City University star, Evan Comerford, has experienced a wealth of success in a relatively short playing career thus far.

The Ballymun Kickhams clubman has collected a multitude of winners’ medals and personal accolades throughout his participation with his club, county and university.

This past year, Comerford was an integral part of a DCU team that won the Sigerson Cup, a final in which he scored three points. His impressive performances were ratified with a spot on the Sigerson Cup Team of the Year.

Speaking to The College View, Comerford spoke about how momentous a feat their Sigerson Cup triumph was, “Winning this year was a particularly special achievement. It was nice that we had won the Freshers tournament in 2016 and I think there were six or seven lads that played on that team that started in the Sigerson Cup Final. That was a special feeling. Going through those four years with those lads, it was nice to be crowned champions together”, he said.

DCU has a familiar feel for Comerford, there is a strong Ballymun Kickham’s contingent with the presence of teammate Paddy Small, and in management with Paddy Christie, Davey Byrne and Kevin Leahy.

Comerford accredits much of his success to the impact DCU has had on his development, “They’ve been incredibly important to me [DCU] in my development on and off the pitch. They don’t stop at any length to provide what we need be it academically, sporting wise or socially. They really have all the answers, whether it’s Paul O’Brien in the academy or Paddy Christie managing us, DCU has done so much for us over the last four years”.

Yet another successful product out of the endless talent that Dublin football seems to produce, Comerford remains level-headed, “Being with the Dublin team, a lot of lads have achieved so much. You’ve the likes of Stephen Cluxton, he’s Player of the Year last year and however many All-Ireland medals. So I suppose when you’re constantly around players like that, it keeps you very grounded. For us and for myself, it’s all about your next performance. Not your next campaign, just your next performance and that’s something we try go by”, he said.

With the uncertainty of the ongoing pandemic, Comerford’s training regime has been altered somewhat, “It’s all about doing your own individual preparation, trying to get out, move your legs, don’t get caught in the house all-day, simple things like that, just trying to keep the mind and the body healthy”.

The focus seems to be on staying prepared as Comerford still harbours hope the Championship season will go ahead, “We’re still trying to do a bit of kicking and catching, making sure keeper handling is crisp and sharp. We’re holding onto the hope that there will be Championship this year so we can’t get caught on our heels, we have to be as sharp as we can”, he said.

In light of the Covid-19 outbreak, things have been put into perspective for the three-time All-Ireland winner, “The last few weeks have been a big eye-opener to just how much we rely and love sports but I suppose it’s also a huge eye-opener as to just how low on the spectrum of importance sports can be in these times of crisis. The main thing for ourselves is just looking after our families, adhering to the government restrictions and trying to lead by example”, he said.

Daniel Phelan

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