Thursday 19 October 2017

Gooch hoping for third time lucky as he regains Kerry armband

Colm Cooper
Colm Cooper
Liam Kelly

Liam Kelly

COLM 'Gooch' Cooper will captain Kerry for 2014 following the nomination of his club Dr Crokes of Killarney.

Traditionally in Kerry, the club champions have the privilege of selecting the county captain, and Crokes -- champions five times in a row -- duly picked the Kingdom talisman for the job.

Cooper (30) skippered the Kingdom in 2011 and 2012 and will hope it is third time lucky after his previous years in charge ended in All-Ireland final defeat to Dublin, and a quarter-final loss to Donegal respectively.

He succeeds his clubmate Eoin Brosnan following the defender's second, and final, retirement from inter-county football.

This year Cooper brought a new dimension to his game as orchestrator of the Kerry attack from the centre-forward position.

SUPERSTITION

The Gooch will hope that he is given the No 11 jersey again in 2014, as no Kerry team with a captain wearing No 13 has won the Sam Maguire Cup.

Cooper first played for Kerry in a league game against Laois in 2002.

His championship debut was against Limerick that summer; he has played 76 championship games for the county since then.

He has won four All-Ireland senior medals, three National Leagues and seven Munster titles, scoring 20 goals and 263 points.

His standing in the game and his consistency of performance is reflected in his eight All Stars.

Meanwhile, the Waterford hurlers, who are embarking on a new regime under the guidance of new manager Derek McGrath, will be captained by Michael 'Brick' Walsh.

The defender captained Waterford in 2007 and '08 -- he was the first Deise player to be reappointed skipper for a second successive year.

The Stradbally man will have Jake Dillon (De La Salle) as his vice-captain.

Irish Independent

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