'Very talented players' in Trinity at the moment
Published: 21st October 2016
Santry Avenue is a familiar stomping ground for new senior football coach Paddy Christie. “When I was on the Dublin senior team at 19 we used to train there,” he says.
Paddy brings a wealth of both club and county experience to his new role. He’s managed juvenile teams at Ballymun Kickhams, one of which included the young Dublin star Philly McMahon.
As well as playing for Dublin himself, Paddy also managed Dublin 17s and Dublin.
Now the prospect of managing a college football team, and the particular challenges that go with it, is one which he is relishing.
“The timeframes are obviously very different. There’s a lot packed into a short season but I suppose ultimately the students need to make sure their studies get their main attention. As a teacher in Ballymun myself I strongly believe in education but there’s no reason why a person can’t combine the two things – sport and studies. What takes the hit is their social life but nothing comes for free!”
Paddy has clearly done his homework on the team. “There appear to be some very talented players in Trinity at the moment. On the basis of the first couple of sessions I’ve been impressed with the attitude in particular and the skill levels seem fairly high too.”
One thing the new manager learned from his own inter-county career, which spanned over a decade, is that if you put the effort in and make the sacrifices you will succeed.
In terms of how this translates to Trinity GAA, Paddy says success is relative.
“There are very strong college teams around the country with a pile of inter-county players at their disposal. I would like to get a solid base of performances in the league and then go for the Sigerson in January,” he says.
“Knockout games in winter are always dangerous and a strong spirited team with a never say die attitude can be tricky opponents for everyone.”