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Rathangan hoping for home advantage in Celebrity Bainisteoir game

RATHANGAN GAA club is hoping for a home draw in the first round of the Celebrity Bainisteoir competition on RTE Television in 2009.

RATHANGAN GAA club is hoping for a home draw in the first round of the Celebrity Bainisteoir competition on RTE Television in 2009.

The team's first game in the competition is not due to take place until after Christmas and club official Grace O'Loughlin hopes the team can avoid making a long away trip to Kerry, Down or Leitrim.

Today FM's Ray D'Arcy has been unveiled as the Rathangan team manager for the competition, along with an as yet unnamed sidekick.

Ray was revealed to the team on Saturday morning. He later said on his Today FM morning show that they were "lovely people"and he and the players are awaiting the competition draw which takes place this Saturday in Croke Park

He apologised, jokingly, to all the lads he slagged off in the changing room.

"This is serious - we're in it to win it!" he told his listeners.

For the first session, he says he just shadowed the trainer.

He also appealed to his radio show listeners with any inside information on the good players in Rathangan to contact the radio show and let him know who they are.

The Kildare town man and former Cill Dara rugby player said he'd be spending more time with the club after Christmas.

He also mentioned that there might be a crucial fixture on on Valentine's day, and told any of the lads that if they were in a relationship to start putting the word out that there might be an important match on that day - but added they "need the girls on side".

Rathangan club PRO Grace O'Loughlin said the club would also be concentrating on regular official GAA competitions like the league and Leinster Leader Cup.

"We are looking forward to hearing who Ray's mentor will be and that should be known by the end of the week," said Ms. O'Loughlin.

Each of the bainisteoirs will have an experienced mentor on hand to help them train and manage the team

Rathangan is the first Kildare club to feature in the series and all of the quarter finals will take place next February and March with the semi finals arranged for April and the decider scheduled for Parnell Park, Dublin, in May.

 
 
 

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