Club Captain

Message from the Club Captain – Paul Harte

It is with great pride that I accept the privilege of being Club Captain of Old Wesley Rugby Club for the 2018/2019 season. Taking the reins from Darren Horan, who has shown nothing but true leadership, dedication and team spirit throughout the last two seasons, only adds to this honour.

As captain, I would like to start by welcoming all coaches, players, supporters and visiting teams to Donnybrook, for what is sure to be yet another thrilling season of rugby. Last season, we found ourselves in a rebuilding phase, having lost a number of players due to retirement, travel and relocation. However, we were fortunate enough to recruit several talented Wesley under 20’s, as well as players from further afield, attracted through the reputation that Old Wesley has built. As with any transition, last year was not smooth sailing for us on the pitch. It proved to be one of those seasons where we were always so close, but not quite close enough. As a squad, we dug deep and managed to pull through, maintaining our position in division 1B. I truly believe that the difficulties we faced last year have brought us closer as a team, acting as a learning opportunity, optimally preparing us for times ahead. Our experience in facing challenges, now serves as one of our strongest advantages.

I would like to thank all the supporters for coming out and backing us through a tough year. I hope we can repay that support with a successful season this time around. I know, as a group of players, we are very proud to wear the Old Wesley jersey and represent this great club. We are acutely aware and grateful for the ongoing support we receive from our families and friends throughout the year.

To all our club sponsors, particularly Savills, I would like to thank you for your continued support which allows the club, minis up to seniors, to function daily.

I would like to wish all players, coaches, managers and volunteers from minis level right up to senior level, all the best for the upcoming season. I am hopeful that we will have a lot of success to celebrate throughout the Club at the end of the 2018/19 season.

I wish to extend our thanks to last year’s president, Paul Short, for the dedication and commitment he showed throughout the season to all teams. I’m sure that the 1st XV are responsible for a few extra grey hairs!  Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate incoming president, Willie Campbell, on his appointment, and wish him a successful season within the role.

Paul Harte, Captain

Old Wesley Rugby Football Club

Paul joined Old Wesley in 2014 and has always been a first choice senior player.  He previously played with Buccaneers before playing for a number of years in Australia. He works as a recruitment consultant.

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