It was an absolute pleasure to spend the day with the Irish Cricket team yesterday in the course of an intensive days training in Morton Stadium and North County Cricket Club.
The shoot was part of our ongoing work with the Irish Sports Council, highlighting the achievements of their athletes and teams and the Sports Council's vitally important role in that success.
It really is a sight to behold the work and training taking place at venues like Morton Stadium and North County CC. While some of Ireland's leading sprinters trained on the track at Morton Stadium, the cricketers were going through their conditioning regime under the watchful eye of Brendan Connor. The session was a far cry from my days of team sports where a crazed coach barked orders at unwitting amateurs. Instead, each cricketer worked through strength and conditioning exercises specific to their training plans and physical goals. The session was for the most part conducted with an air of professional efficiency, with team banter restricted to the downtime before and after sessions.
The afternoon batting session in North County CC allowed us see the players in their natural environment with bat and ball, an intimidating and daunting environment for cameramen and photographers as cricket balls fizzed around the indoor nets.
A massive thank you to all of the cricketers involved, in particular John Mooney (@JohnBoy636), Trent Johnston (@Green23) and Max Sorensen, who all stayed until nightfall for interviews and close-ups!
The full story of the day will shortly appear on TheJourney.ie website alongside our work with Katie Taylor which was published in December.