Posted on 25 Mar 2019 by lazypaddy
What a day….The sun came out, the family and friends of the late Skinny Coyne all gathered in Allenwood GFC and a super bunch of friends played their hearts out in memory of a former teammate and friend. While we had just over doubled in age, judging by the tight fitting of the jerseys, I’d say the weight had gone up 10x. Never the less the never say never attitude was clear to be seen. There were some great performances around the field, but it was only right that the two top men were recognised for their outstanding performances. Gu Coyne took the Player of the Match for the opposition team, while the Ronaldo of GAA, Trevor (Red) Cronly took the award for the 1993 Team….probably for the lethal execution of the penalty that he fought hard to win.
The game was a tight game the whole way through, and just like a 40 year old David Brown tractor, the 1993 Team were slow to start, but when we got going there was no stopping us. The game was played in 4 quarters to allow us a light (badly needed) break more often. It was a very unusual situation during our team talks, when Enda Moran (our manager) was being told who would be playing where and for how long…When Siddy was asked to go back in, he quickly told Enda that he’d go back in for 5 mins and into the forwards for a break….Good man Siddy, we all know the forwards is the handy position on the pitch. Red lad also quickly let Enda know his position on being asked to play mid-field….to keep this family friendly, let’s just say that he said ‘No’. Mind you, the opposite was said when Willie Brereton was asked to play in and around the mid-field and pick up the loose ball….he ran on like he was going into an All Ireland final to keep control of the mid-field. This was a tough ask due to the fact that our centre back (Johnny Doyle) didn’t seem to get the concept of holding position and was more often seen heading back to his natural habitat North of the mid-field line.
But it was not to be….for the opposition, as they too felt the wrath of the unstoppable force that was that 1993 U16 Team. We finished out victorious in the end, but in reality it wasn’t about the winning, it was all about the taki…..ah stop, of course it was about the winning. We’ll give you guys another go at it in another 25 years, but until then we will maintain our title.
It was great to see so many people up in the field helping the old bodies push through the pain barriers with cheers of encouragement (or maybe it was laughter)....either way, I think it would be safe to say that a great day was had by all. While there was a great sense of pride and happiness, there was always the sense of loss at the back of everyone’s mind thinking about Skinny. To Seamus, Carmel and all the Coyne family, thank you for allowing us to remember Skinny in a way that I hope he would have wanted to. To everyone who helped and supported the event a huge thanks as well….and finally to Nigel Byrne for organising the event, a massive congratulations and Thanks to you too.
Sun, May 12 @ 12:01 PM
Sat, May 18 @ 6:00 PM
Wed, May 22 @ 7:30 PM