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Ambassador’s Blog – Ray Connellan

4th July 2016

Return from Melbourne

The past month has easily been the most exciting of my sporting career thus far.

On the 26th of May I jetted off to Melbourne for a three week trial with st. Kilda football club.

After a few days of jet lag I got straight into training with the senior squad.

As an Irishman heading over it is common to play as a defender as you don’t have to go looking for the ball and your job is a task orientated one of just sticking to a man and guarding a space so it’s easier to learn the game.

This was strange for me as a free taking forward my whole life I haven’t a defensive bone in my body.

I got the hang of it pretty quick and with help from the coaches it was easy to pick things up.

Training everyday as a professional athlete really got me hooked and it’s something that I now want to go on and follow up with.

After a really enjoyable trip, which I’ll know the resulting contract situation in the coming weeks, I then got to start the Leinster semi final against Kildare which although was a bit lacking in excitement was a brilliant win for us as Westmeath have never in their history gotten to back to back finals.

It was brilliant to be back out on the field and getting in some game time as I haven’t played a full game in over 5 weeks so the legs definitely needed it.

The dubs in 3 weeks will be a different animal but we’ll be ready!

Ray

16th May 2016

Heading Down Under

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This month has been tough to keep the training load up as I’ve had exams so I’ve had to put them as my priority. Now that they’re finished up its good to have the free time to get into the gym and get the work done.

I’ve been training pretty hard on endurance and speed work lately as I’m in season so the heavy weights sessions are finished now and it’s all about being mobile on the field.

I’m working towards my trip to St.Kilda Football Club in Melbourne where I have a three week trial beginning at the end of this month until the 19th of June. I’m really looking forward to that and hopefully if it goes well I’ll have a pro contract within the next few months.

As well as this I’m still training with the club and the county. We had the club championship last weekend and after getting our first win we were looking to push on again. Our trip to Rochfortbridge on Saturday evening earned us a 2-10 to 1-10 victory over Tyrrellspass in an exciting clash which went right to the line.

I’ve been using Athlone RSC a lot lately for swimming sessions and recovery after weights and there’s always someone there to give a helping hand which is great.

Next post from down under 🙂

Ray

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