As our regular season ended over a week ago, the Cowboys earned the number one seed in the playoffs, winning the league and securing a home semifinal. The ‘Boys host Trinity College Dublin this Sunday to determine who goes to Navan to play in the IAFL 1 Bowl game. We had a chat with Defensive Coordinator Mark Beattie to get his thoughts...
Defensive Coordinator Mark Beattie talking tactics with D Line man Joe Marley. Pic credit: Eamon McCormick
Well Beats, it's been over a week since the Minotaur game, how do feel the 'D' performed?
I was over the moon generally with how we stacked up, we done some homework and what we expected to see, we saw in the game. I was pleased with how we adjusted, we changed a few small tweaks in game to react to what we were seeing and our guys really took it on board and were able to do what I was looking from them so that is really pleasing.
With the League ending, the Cowboys Defense was 2nd overall in fewest points allowed this year and with another impressive performance with a big-time shutout against the Minotaurs, you must feel good knowing that you're the brains behind this operation?
I'm not really, I'm just the guy who trys to look like he knows what he is doing! To be honest it's no use me coming up with ideas or plans if the guys arent able to do it and it's down to the players that we have been able to finish 2nd in points conceded. It speaks well to the leadership and commitment from the defensive players.
So looking ahead to the playoffs, as top seed and league champs, we're hosting Trinity College Dublin, the only team to have got one up on the Cowboys this year. Nervous?
Not really, I dont get nervous too much to be honest. I did when I played for sure. But now I have to trust my preparation, trust my players and trust in the game plan.
Since that first game where the Defense only conceded 6 points against Trinity (Offense giving up a pick six and a safety), do you think the defense for both sides will be the main decider or will the offenses take over this time round?
I dont care what side of the ball has the best game, aslong as there is Orange in the Bowl game I'll be happy. I'll be treating Trinity for exactly what they are, a highly talented and dangerous side that could cause any team in Ireland problems no matter the division. Of course they are the only team to beat us this year so we will want to right that wrong as well.
Finally, what's the last thing you'll say to the 'Boys before the war starts on Sunday? Any words of encouragement to settle any pregame nerves?
We play our game, we will do what we do and have done every game this season. I place high expectations on my guys and they know that. I expect almost perfection but I'm realistic. Aslong as they give everything they have got, show full commitment to your position, your scheme, your team mates and the name on the front of your Jersey then I will be happy. I love this team and this group of guys and I have no doubt whatsoever that they will give me everything they have come Sunday 2pm, the big question is - will it be enough?
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