7 WhatsApp messages every GAA player receives during pre-season
This is our year. Again.
Every club in Ireland loves this time of year because we're all masters of bluffing. It's the one time of season we can lie to ourselves and pretend that we are actually going to do it right this time.
Enthusiasm couples the bitingly cold air. And so do these 7 messages and 12 other steps.
1. The text
2. The meeting
This isn't so much a meeting as it is a meeting about a meeting. This is a statement of intent. You're going to take things seriously this year and you're going to have a meeting in the near future.
3. The text
4. The actual meeting
Sometime in December. In the main hall. Food laid on. Someone will make a joke about not eating biscuits in front of the manager. A flip board will be used. Record numbers in attendance.
Big push this year.
5. The new backroom team
Probably seven-strong at this early optimistic stage.
New conditioning coach, someone in to do performance analysis, an old player in to win the respect of the team and a new lad from a different parish who "wasn't good enough to play for them but now he's coaching us?"
6. The manager knows what went wrong last year
But that's his little secret.
7. Training schedule
January and February is planned out on the wall in the most organised, coordinated fashion that the club has ever seen. Every single session for the next two months is slotted in, the type of session, where it will take place and four friendlies have even been arranged.
You won't see this schedule after February.
8. If you don't train, you don't play
9. Someone has already scuppered that theory
10. The manager will create a Facebook group
That will immediately be ruined by intruders.
Everything from bench pressing to timed runs to sit and reach tests, you'll have your fat taken and maybe even be psychologically profiled. You won't see or talk about these results again.
Someone will come in and tell you not to eat shit.
14. Pre-season Paul
You know the boy. Every year, without fail, he shows up full of the best intentions. He'll put himself through the hard slog, he might even do alright in the challenge games but, come February - March latest - he's gone. Until next year.
16. The arse-lick
17. Pre-training gym session
The same players are so enthused at the prospect of still being undefeated that they're pumping iron before training. For now.
So long as the manager can see of course.
18. Full-kit w*nker
Alright, you got a load of new training gear for Christmas but... don't be that guy.
19. If you don't train, you don't play
Westmeath star John Heslin joins Colm Parkinson on the latest GAA Hour with Cian Ward and Conán Doherty in studio to discuss black cards, Tyrone's weakness and Banty's mind games. Listen below or subscribe here on iTunes.
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