Felt after my initial post I should do a follow up about Terenure’s Senior Cup efforts.. Didn’t get to see the game today because of my exam, but I’m gutted. Is the harsh side of schools rugby. You spend a year training on the pitches and in the gym, and work so hard throughout the whole year for potentially one game. You sacrifice the nights out, sacrifice study, and put everything towards that first round game come the end of January. This is why it becomes such a big deal, from the moment you play in third class or first year, you look towards the Senior Cup when you’re in sixth year. They’re the ones you look up to as you play, and the ones you want to emulate running out in your schools colours in Donnybrook. You want be the ones to give back to the school that has given you so much, and bring the cup home. Your entire time playing rugby in school is measured by the Schools Cup. 6 years, 9 years, of waiting to play in that game, and it all comes undone within 70 minutes. You don’t want the last time you play for your school to be a loss, but unless you win the cup that’s what you get. It’s not a sentimental venture, but that’s why it becomes such a big deal for all of those involved.
Feel particularly sorry for this team because of the weight of expectation that’s lay across them for the past few years. Result doesn’t take away from the fact that they’re the best team to come out of Terenure in the last few years, and their cup campaign doesn’t do them justice. Different teams hit peak form at different times and it’s just a shame they didn’t hit their stride come January. But from all the pressure they’ve been under, to go out to Roscrea in a quarter final, will be utterly devastating. At least if they’re left with one thing, it’ll be their pride for going out and doing their school proud.
“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.” – Theodore Roosevelt.