UCC Under 20’s 2014/15 Training Camp Report

UCC Under 20’s 2014/15 Training Camp

Venue: Connaught Hotel, Galway.


Friday the 2nd of January arrived and it was off to Galway for the UCC Under 20’s squad and coaches. 24 players and 4 coaches departed from Cork at 9.00am that morning, picking up a further two players in Limerick on the way. This weekend was the 2nd annual training weekend in the Connacht Hotel, Galway City. With players separating for the Christmas break, this was the ideal way to regroup as a squad and refocus on the task at hand. This year, we have a huge mix of players coming from various places around Munster, so bringing everyone together and taking us out of Cork proved hugely beneficial in familiarising ourselves with each other once again.

Upon arrival, players were allocated their rooms and it was down to business. The squad met for lunch at 12;30 ahead of a defence-focused session, Then came the announcement that conditioning would follow the defence session, much to the delight of the members of our front five who seemed to enjoy the Christmas break more than others.

With an hour to spare before dinner at 6pm, members of the squad were able to take advantage of the facilities and use the hotel swimming pool for some light recovery before another tough day of training on Saturday.

The squad met as a group Friday evening for some general housekeeping, a brief run through of various attacking shapes and the captain’s vote. After this, we had the opportunity to catch up and relax before heading to bed.

An early morning walk at 7:30 was planned but was unfortunately cancelled due to Ronan Wade’s dislike of the Galway weather. Our 10:30am session was based on attack, again just getting back into the swing of things before the competitive games recommenced with a team run taking place in the evening. This involved a run through of our attacking moves and exit strategies and so on.

Anticipation in the squad was building to see what punishments would be dished out in the 2ndannual UCC Under 20’s Court Session. The coaches had recorded all punishable offences from the start of the season which left only a few leaving the room as innocent men. We all enjoyed a team night out in Galway that night and assembled Sunday morning for a 10amdeparture for Cork.

Overall, a hugely beneficial weekend for all involved. with the squad leaving Galway in a much better position mentally and physically for our upcoming competitive fixtures after our Christmas break.

Dylan Lane,

UCC Under 20’s.