With the position groups over, we now turn to the Coordinators, Christian Cowan and Mark Beattie to gather how they are preparing for the Bowl game...
Defensive Coordinator Mark Beattie (top) and Offensive Coordinator Christian Cowan (bottom).
Pic credit: Eamon McCormick
We round off the position groups with talking to Defensive Back Lawrence Ruddock ahead of Sunday’s game against the West Meath Minotaurs...
#23 Lawrence Ruddock after a tough game against Trinity College Dublin in the IAFL1 Bowl Semi Final. Pic credit: Eamon McCormick
On this IAFL1 Bowl Chat, we’re going down into the trenches as we chat to Offensive Lineman Peader ‘Vince’ McMahon, and Defensive Lineman and Club Development Officer, Jason Duddy to find out how the big men are setting up for Sunday...
#90 Jason Duddy and #77 Peader ‘Vince’ McMahon. Pics credit: Eamon McCormick
Next up on our road to Navan, we chatted to Rookie Wide Receiver Neil Maxwell to see what he thought about the biggest game of the year...
#1 Neil Maxwell running after a punt, with #10 David McMichael blocking for him. Pic Credit: Eamon McCormick
We continue our playoff chat with this seasons Quarterback, Peter Loughran...
Pic Credit: Eamon McCormick
With Sunday’s victory over Trinity College Dublin, the ‘Boys are on the road to Navan to play in the IAFL1 Bowl. We’ll be chatting to a few players and coaches to gather their thoughts of recent events. To kick us off, we spoke to Club President Jo Buchanan...
Jo Buchanan running through a gap created by his Offensive Line. Pic credit: Eamon McCormick
The Cowboys advance to the 2019 IAFL 1 Bowl courtesy of a 27-19 win over fourth seeds Trinity College Dublin in the IAFL 1 playoffs. This is the third year in a row that the Cowboys have reached the Bowl game, but will be hoping for success this time having tasted defeat the past two times.
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?
We interrogated 2nd year player and Youth Representative David McMichael before Sunday’s clash with the Westmeath Minotaurs...
Pic taken by Eamon McCormick
So David, even though you were out of the last game with an injury, the Eagles were a run heavy offence so are you excited for a more air attack style of offence with the Minotaurs?
First of all, I’m excited to get back to playing and helping the team in anyway that I can. I’m excited to play against the Minotaurs to face a different challenge and gain valuable experience.
Playing cornerback, from a lineman’s perspective, can look quite a monotonous job, cover the guy and don’t let him grab the ball, is it as simple as that in reality?
In laymen’s terms that’s really all it is. Personally I have been really trying to work on my run support no matter where the running back is going, it matters to get involved on every play.
This is your second year in the senior team, and second year in the playoffs, are you getting used to making it to the post season?
I’ve never known the Cowboys to not make the playoffs in my time but that doesn’t change the approach I take to any game. All games are a must win in our season if we want to make a run at the bowl and I’m sure everyone on the team can agree with that.
Having got a safety last year, are you focused to try and get more points or will you settle for an interception?
As long as we can hold the opposing team to minimum points and win the game I don’t mind how we do it, but I’d be lying if the idea of scoring some points the other way wasn’t something I’d love to do.
To finish then, you came runner up in last years rookie initiation, any advice you’d give to this years new recruits going into Sunday?
Honestly just give it you’re all and don’t care what anyone thinks, it’s banter and you’ll make more memory’s if you go all in, I know I definitely did.
In the countdown to Sunday, we caught up with Defenisve Coordinator Mark Beattie for a chat...
Coach Mark Beattie giving the Defense a few words of wisdom. Pic by Eamon McCormick.
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