The Vipers celebrate winning promotion this year
The Donegal Derry Vipers are challenging you to become a Viper for this coming season with Tryouts taking place at Colaiste Ailigh, Letterkenny, this Sunday 27th Nov 10am-1pm.
The Donegal Derry Vipers won promotion to the Intermediate ranks of the Irish American Football League in Ireland last season. They did this by going on a seven game unbeaten streak to lift the IAFL2 Bowl Trophy after beating the Wexford Eagles in a hard fought final.
The Vipers had the perfect season and much credit has to go to the coaches Jason Brock, a Chigaco native, and Paddy Maguire a local Limavady man.
"Initially we're looking at different strengths for different positions, speed and agility for receivers and corners and power and reactions for linemen. your best chance of becoming a Viper is to turn up and try hard. We as coaches can spot someone who is determined and is giving it there all" advises Paddy Maguire the Vipers Defensive Coach.
"We'll be assessing your fitness and aptitude for various positions. Also we are a family so we'll be assessing your ability to fit in with us as players and the team."
Here is some more tips from the big leaders on the Viper for the Rookies attending the Tryouts over the next 2 weeks
Captain Niall Lyons - To become a Viper, it takes dedications and an openness to learn a new sport (being mental helps to), everything else will fall into place as you go. What I look for in a team mates someone committed to the team and willing to put themselves on the line on the field and at training. Advice for rookies first and foremost, have some fun, try you best and listen to what the more experienced players tell you as they'll keep you right on the day. Why you should join the Vipers is simple, its some of the best fellas about, you'll need a thick skin though, because the grief is serious.
Most Valuable Player 2017 Ryan Brolly - The only thing I think you need to become a Viper is the ability to get along with anyone, there are many personalities on the team and everyone gets along. You don't necessarily have to be a star player but every single person plays their part in the success of the team. What i look for in a team mate is someone who will have my back when its required and that they know I have theirs as well. Simple as that. Advice i have for rookies is prepare to enjoy yourself, and also prepare yourself for a sore Monday or two over the next year. P.s You must enjoy contact, lots of contact.
Captain Shaun Mc Grory - What i want for a team mate is drive and determination to be better. An ability to remain focused on a goal and to walk through walls to get it whether that be improving your fitness, learning plays or simply building and becoming part of a team. I want them to feel inspired by our team and by our club and I want them to make a difference to themselves and to each other,
Viper's Captain and Players Player of the year Derm Brown is looking for someone who will go above and beyond for the club " I'd be looking for someone who asks the right questions and can take instructions to go above and beyond in training, I feel this makes the best players but of course there is always room for error. The lads are very patient with new guys and this shows during the season, guys make mistakes but the Vipers shoulder those mistakes together. A good teammate to me is someone that knows if he isn't doing his job right then the whole team feels it, doing the little things right and being eager to learn the sport helps to"
7 year Veteran (the Black Swan) Kyle Mc Aneny - I want guys to show up and play. take a breath , clear your head and just go for it. Its okay to be nervous, there would be something wrong if you weren't. As long as you are willing to listen, learn and give 100% Guarantee the rest will take care of itself.