Meet the Warriors – Paddy Doyle

ewrfcadminMeet the Warriors

Why did you join?

My joining was the result of the  persistent captain of our Green team. I met a few of the warriors on a night out. One particular member insisted that I should come to the open day. He wouldn’t take no for an answer.

I hadn’t taken part in team sports since I was in school. So I was a bit apprehensive about getting involved with one again. 

These nerves dissipated within minutes of the first training session. Training with the warriors has been a very different experience for me.

What does being a Warrior mean to you?

Being a warrior means a sense of community. Putting in the hard work at training and matches. Supporting each other in gaining skills and being there for each other off the pitch.

What have you learned/gained since joining the Warriors?

A group of friends – a great bunch of guys to play with and hang out with. 

Definitely worked on my resilience both physical and mental. It can take a lot out of you when you get tackled hadd. Mentally having the ability to get back up and play on again is something that lends itself  to life off the pitch also. 

What has been your favourite moment/memory of being a Warrior?

It definitely has to be my first tournament, Union Cup 2019 in Dublin. I was on the third team. Most of us had never played a full match before. There were lots of nerves and excitement in the buildup.

We managed to get through to the semifinal and I managed to score a few tries. It was fantastic to finally see the results of the training we had put in. 

Any advice for aspiring Warriors?

Come down to a training session. Ask questions. Everyone has been in your shoes at one point.  Everyone is willing to help you learn. 

You won’t regret it. You may have to wait a bit to join given the current Covid-19 situation. As we are all practicing social distancing, while you wait there are plenty of YouTube clips to help you learn the basics. 

Wash your hands. 

See ye at training soon!