By Kevin Egan
Like so many other athletes around Roscommon and Ireland, Kilbride midfielder Jenny Fannon is in the dark as to what lies ahead in 2020. If the script went according to plan for Fannon and her colleagues, this was to be the year that they made it five Roscommon senior titles in a row – but right now, they’re simply trying to keep themselves fit and sharp, just in case they get the call to action.
“I really hope we get to play, this is a very big year for Kilbride, we definitely want the chance to make it five-in-a-row, who knows what could happen if we don’t get to play again until 2021” she told the Herald.
Living in Roscommon town and teaching in Tarmonbarry, Fannon is aware that she’s in a better position than most to keep up a healthy lifestyle, and hasn’t actually had to change too much about her daily routine.
“I always would go for a morning run anyway so I still do that now, before logging on for teaching remotely. I usually fit in a walk in the evening as well, and I’m living in the countryside so I’ve a bit of time to work with the ball also. The aim is to make sure you get your 200 touches every day and while you can’t replicate match scenarios, at least you can still work on your skills to a certain degree.
This week Mayo manager Peter Leahy said that he’s no longer tracking the activity of his intercounty panel, but among the Kilbride ladies, the club whatsapp is still active, as the group continues to motivate and inspire each other.
“We’d still have plenty to talk about, we have challenges among ourselves and we’d all make sure that everyone is keeping themselves right, and it’s great to still have some sort of social element to things.
“We did a social distancing video among ourselves and it was great to put that together (see below), but it’s still no substitute for the real thing!