Ciaran O’Sullivan, C&S UCC Demons forward
This year with C & S UCC Demons we have worked very hard since our preparations started last July and it has showed in our performances so far this year. With the loss of some players from last year’s roster and some new players added to the set up this year, there were some teething problems in pre-season with the players getting used to playing with one another. After a tough July/August the Pre-season games came quick and fast in September and things started clicking with the potential of our team looking very high and that was proven correct with an 8-0 run in pre-season. Heading into the season we knew that we had a deep and balanced team but the wins in pre-season didn’t count for anything.We knew as a unit that we had to start strong and carry the momentum built in pre-season into the regular season.
This season the key cog for us has been the return of our American player Lehmon Colbert who is having an excellent season so far. His ability to score when needed has been vital and his unselfishness when double-teamed passing out to open shooters and cutters has the respect of the entire team.
In September the National Cup Draw was made and we drew Killester B.C, this was a tough draw for us as we drew the League Champions of the 2013/2014 season. After two solid performances against Killester we have qualified for the National Cup Semi Final on the 9th of January which will be held on our home court. This is a great feeling for our team and something for the fans to look forward to.
The cup is great to be involved in but to win the straight league is what every player in this league wants. Over 18 games the best team will come out on top and that has been our goal all year, to be the best team. Currently after 8 games we are the top side in the league with 6 of those games on the road and an unbeaten schedule so far.
The season got off to a good start with a convincing win over Neptune followed by a comfortable win against Star in Belfast. The following weekend was a big task with a double header v Killester in the IWA on the Saturday night followed by the second place team in the league Dublin Thunder on the Sunday for our first home game of the season. With two solid wins both home and away we knew that the double header weekend would stand to us long-term.After our home win against Dublin Thunder we had to go on the road again. We went to Dublin three weekends in a row and dug out three good wins versus improved opposition in DCU Saints, UCD Marian and Templeogue. It was good to return home to play UL Eagles in the Mardyke Arena, after an excellent November month. This was another good win for our team that left us with an 8-0 record heading into the cup game v Killester.
Overall it has been a great start for this group and hopefully we can close out 2014 with 2 good wins versus Dublin Inter and Templeogue.
We look forward to see some big crowds in the coming weeks with plenty of home games against good opposition coming our way in the New Year.