Thursday 23 May 2019

Natural born leader

Deans to the fore as Scoil Chonglais capture 'A' crown

Mick Hagan presents Scoil Chonglais captain Jordan Deans with the cup after the Wicklow Post Primary Schools ‘A’ football final in Aughrim
Mick Hagan presents Scoil Chonglais captain Jordan Deans with the cup after the Wicklow Post Primary Schools ‘A’ football final in Aughrim

Brendan Lawrence

Scoil Chonglais captain Jordan Deans lifted the Wicklow Schools 'A' cup aloft to the roars of his colleagues and supporters in Aughrim last Thursday afternoon.

Talented Deans spoke very well to the gathered teams and supporters after he had accepted the cup from Mick Hagan following their dramatic late victory over Pres Bray.

Deans, who lined out in full-forward for the flagship final, said that if Scoil Chonglais have a fault it is not having the belief to go for the jugular and finish games when they have the chance.

'We've a lot of young lads on the team and I think there's a kind of belief stigma, the young lads, it's kind of a heart thing, it's kind of developing, and there's a thing where we don't have the heart to drive on a lot. We were up by 10 points at one stage and we kind of get ahead of ourselves and we lay off on the throttle and then it's back to a three-point game and level then.

'I think it's one of our downfalls. Individually we're a great team, but as a team we don't always gel together, and we might break links in different places, and they might get a few points and then it all falls down and it comes back to a small gap. It's about heart and determination and it's still kind of developing and we need to get that final stitch in it, and drive on and keep going.

'This will be a big help for our school and the players coming through, the younger generation, it will be a big uplift for them.

Jordan said that coming into the game the team were confident that if they could win their individual battles then they had a very good chance of winning the first schools 'A' crown in 18 years for the Baltinglass school.

'At the start of the year we looked at our individual talent, and we said we won the Junior a few years ago, and the caliber of the players that we had that we definitely had the best chance we've had in a school team for a long time. We knew today against Pres Bray, individually, that if we won our own battles we would have to win, it would have been a waste not to win. We knew that we had the talent to win, definitely. ,' he said

Close to the end of the very exciting finale of this game Deans stepped in for a pivotal throw ball with the scores tied.

'The coach came in and said, this is what you've been waiting for, this is the only reason you're in school, it's this day'. So, it was like six years of pressure coming all at once, so I had to get in for that, it was all on me, I'm captain, he said with a note of relief in his voice.

Following the throw ball, the ball eventuaslly ended up in the hands of Patrick Whelan who bagged the winning point.

'He's (Patrick) come a long way in fairness. He's grown about two foot. He's came on so well. He's finding himself, and to stick that over from such a tight angle, fantastic,' he added.

What does the win mean to the talented Deans.

'It's everything, I'm just full of emotion at the minute. I can't come to terms with it. I know tomorrow I'll wake up and it will all hit me at once, but I'm delighted at the moment,' he said.

Was there pressure among the players knowing that there had been an 18-year famine of 'A' crowns in Baltinglass.

'The first chance at goal I got I just spoiled it, nerves and pressure, it all came on at once. It's pressure. If your head's not in the game your whole body doesn't do it, and it effects your football and everything else. I wasn't in it at the start, it took me a while, but when you get on top of the game the nerves kind of cease out and that's when you start playing football,' he said.

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