Thursday 23 November 2017

Colfer active on London sidelines

Lloyd Colfer of Taghmon-Camross playing with London versus Leitrim in the 2012 Connacht championship
Lloyd Colfer of Taghmon-Camross playing with London versus Leitrim in the 2012 Connacht championship

It's unusual for Wexford to have an interest in both clubs competing in an AIB All-Ireland Senior football championship quarter-final, but that was precisely the case in the Irish TV grounds in Ruislip, London, on Saturday.

We have already documented the exploits of the White clan with Clonmel Commercials on these pages, and it was another good outing for selector Brian and his son, Pádraig, who lined out as a roving left corner-forward, picking off the first point of the game from play and adding a brace from frees in the second-half.

Commercials won by 2-12 to 0-9 despite having two key players black-carded, and they will now meet Ballyboden St. Enda's from Dublin in the semi-final in February.

Their victims last weekend were London champions Tir Chonaill Gaels who were coached by Lloyd Colfer, the former Taghmon-Camross and Wexford under-age footballer.

Lloyd is working as a Community Development Administrator with London County Board, and he drifted into his sideline role after a serious injury forced him to miss the playing season.

A talented forward who has played with London at Senior level, he assisted his own club, Kingdom Kerry Gaels, to the championship title two years ago. However, he couldn't get on to the field this season after undergoing hip reconstruction surgery in April, so a coaching role was the next best thing.

Colfer worked alongside Tir Chonaill Gaels manager Barney Breen, the former Leitrim player who was also in charge of his native county before in partnership with George Dugdale.

And he hasn't ruled out the possibility of a return to the playing fields, although a long road of rehabilitation lies ahead. The Tir Chonaill Gaels club has firm roots in Donegal as the name might suggest, and the vast majority of their players on Saturday came from Ulster and Connacht.

Colfer has been in London for the past four years and is also well known at home for his exploits as a soccer player. He featured in Wexford Youths' first season as a league club in 2007 and also lined out with UCD, Waterford United and Bray Wanderers.

It was certainly unusual for two New Ross District clubs to have an interest in an All-Ireland quarter-final of this nature.

And while the Taghmon-Camross native bowed out, Rathgarogue-Cushinstown will continue to closely watch the progress of Pádraig White and his father, Brian, who won Intermediate and Junior medals in both codes with the club and also refereed three All-Ireland Senior football championship finals.

Wexford People

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