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Ardmore GAA Club, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford, Ireland.

None Of Us Are As Good As All Of Us.

None Of Us Are As Good As All Of Us.

 

Victor Mullins.

Victor was appointed to Ardmore N.S. in 1978 and succeeded Mrs. Lincoln as Principal on her retirement. He was awarded a B.Sc. in Psychology. A keen sportsman himself, Victor has always maintained strong links with our Club and nurtures a love of hurling and football in his pupils. Trainer, selector and driver of our school teams he is very active in Cumann na mBunscoil and is frequently called upon to referee as well.

How many times has the "Man of the Match" been on the losing team? Outstanding players do not win matches on their own. As the above title indicates there is more to a great team than outstanding individuals. It would be naive to suggest that individual skill does not contribute to a team's performance, but many an outstanding player has failed to reach prominence because he was not part of a great team.

When a team is performing at its best, the results are more than simply additive; they are multiplicative, with each member's performance catalyzing the performance of the others, resulting in individual displays that are above expected levels. Of course this begs the obvious question; what is the 'magic ingredient' that enables a team to perform way beyond their cumulative ability? There may be many answers to this question, but research suggests that the explanation for great team performance lies in the relationship between its members and the chemistry that exists.

Trainers of great teams have the ability to plant and nurture such relationships. The belief being that the social effectiveness of a group and their commitment to each other motivates them to perform for the benefit of the team.

This answer may very well suffice but it falls well short of total explanation when we consider the added dimension of a team that is representative of its local parish. When a team represents its local parish the impact is felt not just among team members, but their families and the local community. A team representing its parish knows the names and faces of the people they represent. They perform in the knowledge that they carry the hopes of their parents, brothers, sisters, cousins and neighbour’s. And when some of those people are beside them on the team it’s not surprising that the team performance is greater than the sum of the individual abilities.

The effect of a team's performance on its supporters has been well documented in psychological journals. 'Social Identity Theory' suggests that supporters, who wear or carry their team colours, attend all the matches and know all the players, connect with the team as if they were playing themselves. And when the team does well they too are boosted by the team's success by a process of 'association and affiliation'.

Therefore, when we consider the many outstanding successes associated with Ardmore GAA Club (both on and off the field) over the past 25 years, the positive impact of the club on the local community is not surprising. While the benefit to the players is obvious, perhaps at times we fail to acknowledge that it is the GAA Club that often gives our community its identity. The generosity of spirit of the community to the identity of the parish. While great teams on the field have played their part in enhancing communal self-esteem, teamwork and leadership off the field has united a community that is supportive and appreciative of its club’s efforts on behalf of young and old in Ardmore and Grange.