With the thaw finally starting to set in, we can at last start to look forward to the belated return of inter-county action in a few days. This means that the announcement (yesterday on Midwest and this morning in the Indo) that Trevor will captain the Mayo senior team again in 2010, with Peadar Gardiner also reappointed as vice-captain, is a timely one. The Midwest report quotes Johnno as saying that “both players provided great leadership in 2009” which I reckon is a fair enough assessment.
An injury-free Trevor lined out in every league and championship match for us last year, scoring in most of them, and he certainly led by example in terms of hard work and effort over the course of the year. He also got to be the first ever Mayoman to lift the Nestor Cup at Pearse Stadium. Peadar was ever-present in 2009 as well and while he had a less than happy seventy minutes in the quarter-final against Meath, his defining contribution in 2009 also came at Salthill three weeks prior to that.
Both Trevor and Peadar are obvious leaders within the senior squad and so the decision to reappoint them as captain and vice-captain respectively for 2010 makes sense. Best of luck for the year ahead, lads.
By the way, I see Uncle Eugene has now added his tuppence worth to the debate about the Paídí v Johnno spat. Eugene reckons that the exchange represents a welcome change from the usual kind of non-comments that managers come out with and he expresses the hope that this set-to might represent the birth of a new era of plain speaking from the men on the sideline. Aside from Eugene’s ignoring the obvious fact that Paídí isn’t a manager at the moment, I doubt if this particular bout of verbal handbags presages the arrival of some kind of glasnost in this area. Instead, like the rapidly disappearing snow, I reckon this disagreement will soon be forgotten about once we’ve all got some on-field action to talk about and that managers will be as reticent as ever to provide any hostages to fortune in their verbal mutterings. It really is time for the year’s football to get underway, don’t you think?