Busiest captain Comer revelling in role for Galway and NUIG

February 13, 2018

NUIG's Damien Comer with Michael McSweeney of UCC ©INPHO/Oisin Keniry

by John Fallon

Damien Comer is undoubtedly the busiest captain in the country at the moment but the Galway and NUIG skipper said he is taking it all in his stride.

The Annaghdown clubman was named as Galway captain by Kevin Walsh last month and has guided them to a perfect return to the top flight of the national league with wins over Tyrone, Donegal and arch rivals Mayo.

But the 24-year old has been just as busy with NUIG and tomorrow (WED) night Comer will bid to lead them into their first Sigerson Cup final since they won their 22nd title back in 2003.

A win over DIT tomorrow night in Portlaoise will see NUIG, managed by former Mayo star Maurice Sheridan, into next Saturday's Sigerson Cup final - a day before Galway are due to take on Roscommon in the FBD League final.

"The body has got a fair old going in the last few weeks," said Comer. "I am feeling like soccer player in that you have a game on the weekend and a game midweek.

"But in fairness the S&C coach Keith Carr and Kevin (Walsh) have been very good. And Maurice Sheridan and the boys with NUIG have been very good. They are in constant communication.

"In fairness, we are not really training at the moment we are just playing the games. Recovery is probably the most important thing at this time of the year. You have got to mind your body. That's what is keeping you going. In fairness the lads are very understanding."

Comer has led Galway superbly on their return to the top flight in the league for the first time in seven years.

He has set the tone for the Tribesmen with early scores, shooting a goal against Tyrone after just 16 seconds, while he landed the opening point against Donegal after 21 seconds.

It took him eight minutes to get the first score of the game against old rivals Mayo on Sunday but he followed quickly with a second point as they went on to win by 1-13 to 0-11 in a game where Galway midfielder Paul Conroy and the O'Connor brothers, Cillian and Diarmuid, were sent off in a game where Wicklow referee Anthony Nolan dished out a total of 18 cards.

"Galway and Mayo is always going to have its own bit of spark," added Comer.

"It was evident there in the second-half. It's a bit of handbags stuff. It's the fact that everyone had an eye on May 13. They were all looking forward to that and no one wanted to give a backwards step and that led to the bit of argy-bargy.

"We are delighted with our win. We have three from three from three now but it's on to the next one. We need to keep our feet firmly on the ground," he added.



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