Captains Message

Fellow Members,

It is a privilege and an honour to be asked to be Club Captain of Gorey Rugby Football Club for the 2013/14 season. I am humbled to be tasked with not only leading and representing this talented group of men, but to also follow in the footsteps of the men before me (with special mention to Paul Redmond my Captain last season and a big pair of boots to attempt to fill). It fills me with great pride and excitement for the challenges that lie before me and the senior teams this forthcoming season. As a team we will meet these challenges head on and I have no doubt that we will overcome. I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Michael Woods on his assumption of the role of Club Vice Captain and Clinton Furney our newly appointment J2 Captain and can assure club members that as your chosen Captains we will not let you down. Also to thank the senior players for their continued dedication, hard work and support all for the joy of the game.

Over the past number of years under the guidance of Head Coach Phillip Horan and his coaching and managerial staff , with the support of President John Breen and the Executive Committee, Gorey RFC has made huge strides in our ambition to become the best club in the South East. Not just on the playing field through all age grades but in offering ourselves as a real community club. For many years Gorey RFC has been a  fantastic club both on and off the field and has truly grown to be  the number one sporting club to be affiliated within Gorey and the surrounding area.

Gorey RFC really is a truly special club to be associated with and have the honour of captaining.  When you have men and women like Norman Spencer, Liam Hempenstall, Keneth Deacon and Denise Walsh giving up their time voluntarily on a daily basis it makes you feel proud to be a member. A movement has started in Gorey RFC and I truly believe we are on the crest of a wave and would put no limitation on where that wave will break.

I know that the future of this fine rugby club is in safe hands. We have a fantastic minis set up, a strong youth set up and three thriving senior men’s teams. Building on this is the success of our underage girls’ teams and the formation of our Club’s first ladies’ team. We have had fantastic support from the clubs hierarchy in attempting to achieve our goals with the building of a high performance gym making us the envy of Leinster’s if not Ireland’s Junior Rugby clubs and as Captain I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Executive Committee for their continued support.  I hope that I as your captain with the support of Michael Woods my Vice Captain and the rest of the senior playing squad, can give the club the kind of rewards from the playing field that the dedication show by our many loyal supporters deserve.


This is a saying which I have attempted to abide by during my life and one which I feel is ever more encompassing of the spirit of Gorey RFC. In recent years Gorey RFC has dared to dream big, they have not let fear or naysayers prevent them for striving to achieve goals deemed out of reach. This mindset has lead to great rewards and as your Captain I will continue to strive for and promote goals considered impossible.  

Thank you for your continued support

Yours Sincerely

Matthew Bater

Club Captain 2013/14

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