Player’s Perspective – Paul Geaney

22 February 2014; Paul Geaney, University College Cork celebrates at the final whistle. Irish Daily Mail Sigerson Cup, Final, University of Ulster Jordanstown v University College Cork, The Dub, Queen’s University, Belfast, Co. Antrim. Picture credit: Oliver McVeigh / SPORTSFILE

Ahead of the Sigerson Cup semi-finals and final this weekend, Dingle, Kerry and UCC star forward Paul Geaney gives us the story behind one of his favourite pictures.P

“I remember it was a cold windy evening in the ‘DUB’, in Queen’s University, Belfast. Winning the Sigerson Cup had been on my wish list for a number of years. I missed the final 12 months previous through injury and genuinely thought the chance wouldn’t arise again.”

“We were pretty confident having won the semi with 13 men. The buzzer system was also being trialled for the weekend, which possibly worked in our favour in the final!”

“We took an early lead in the game with a monster wind at our disposal. A star studded UUJ side took awhile to get going. We were up at half-time and things were going well. We were confident we would finish the job. UUJ didn’t lie down however and they finally came to life in the second period with the wind at their backs.” “Ronan O’Neill kicked some impressive points and one which must have been incredibly inspirational…off the outside of his right boot from 60 odd yards. That’s when I began to think maybe I got this wrong, maybe it’s not meant to be. The final few minutes were tense. I felt the tension.”  

“It had been a long weekend and a long trip to Belfast from Cork. The hooter as I said had been introduced for the competition on trial, no better day for us. Conor Dorman kicked us a rare second half point after a great pass from Conor Cox.” “What’s rare is wonderful; a late winning point, a buzzer system and the illusive Sigerson Cup. 12 months after losing the final we laid claim again, a special moment. Being captain meant everything to me, winning meant everything to me.”   “I was on a promise, one which I was keen to keep. There is no better feeling than fulfilling a promise, it felt good as you can see from that picture above!”   “Relief, joy and euphoria. They are the feelings you chase, the ones that make it all worthwhile. Cue the celebrations!”


Paul Geaney