Alan Cadogan – first round of Championships
July 12, 2016
Alan talks us though his April training for the first round of Championships and gives an insight into his meal prep!
With the start of this year’s All-Ireland Hurling Championship just weeks away Cork senior hurling star Alan Cadogan is looking forward to facing Tipperary and to finishing his exams at UCC.
Life is busy on and off the field right now. Off the field I am preparing for my exams at UCC where I am doing my Post Masters in Education. On the field I am preparing for our first game of the Championship against Tipperary.
I am still doing my teacher training at St. Francis College in Rochestown, so I am teaching geography and business four mornings a week and I’m in college during the afternoons. It’s a busy week when you add in training but the drive to UCC is handy enough.
I played football and hurling at U.21 for the county last year but had to chose one over the other this year. I would have liked to continue playing both but the time came to choose one code and stick with it, so hurling it was. I’m fortunate to play both codes so I always have that option of returning to county football.
We were disappointed at how things went in the League for us. We didn’t achieve our main objective, which was to get to the final. Playing in a relegation battle was not what we expected but we regained our Division 1 status after beating Galway, which was a relief.
That’s behind us now and we are now focused on our first Championship game against Tipperary on May 22nd. That’s only a few short weeks away so we’re looking at twelve to fifteen training sessions to get everything right for the game.
The next two week’s training will be very intense and then we will wind down towards the game. Training involves a lot of pitch stuff and getting sharp. After beating Galway we regained a bit of confidence, so we’ll carry that into the Championship.
We will probably go into the game as underdogs, which we don’t mind. Tipp are a great team and there has been some great battles between Cork and Tipperary over the years. On our League form we won’t be rated as favourites but we don’t mind that and they game, like all others, is there to be won on the day.
Hopefully things will go to plan and we can look forward to a long summer in the Championship.
Alan Cadogan – training hard!
March 31, 2016
Alan has been very busy this February with lots of training and teaching! Check out the video below to find out more.
Alan Cadogan – Honing Skills
January 21, 2016
Alan’s busy still, training for the upcoming inter-county season while juggling training to be a teacher!