Talented Thomas switches codes
TALENTED ALL-ROUNDER Thomas O'Connor will switch from one code to the next this week when he travels to the Netherlands with the Republic of Ireland Under-16 soccer side.
The New Ross Celtic player is also a very capable performer on the G.A.A. fields with his club, Tullogher-Rosbercon, and school, Good Counsel.
Indeed, he figured with the latter in Saturday's Leinster Senior football 'A' final victory over St. Mary's of Edenderry, having lined out at midfield with their hurlers in the recent provincial semi-final loss to St. Kieran's.
Wearing the number 13 jersey for the football triumph, O'Connor contributed four vital points from frees in a 0-13 to 0-11 success.
And having won an All-Ireland Junior medal with the school last year, he will be hoping to go one better as Counsel have an All-Ireland semi-final to look forward to at the end of the month against the Connacht champions.
O'Connor is part of an 18-man squad announced by the manager, his unrelated namesake Tom O'Connor, for a four-team soccer tournament in the southern region of Gravenzande.
Ireland will play the U.S.A. on Wednesday, March 11, hosts Holland two days later, and finish up against the Czech Republic on Sunday.
O'Connor's prowess may be gleaned from the fact that he is one of just four of the 18 squad members to be selected from a non-Dublin club, the others being Rian O'Sullivan of Kingdom Boys, Jayson Molumby of Railway Athletic F.C. (Cappoquin) and Luke Kiely of Clonmel Celtic.