My City of Derry 'Dream 15 by Gerald McCarter

Gerald McCarter is one of City of Derry's most decorated names, winning trophies as both player and coach during some epic battles across an illustrious career.

Thursday, 23rd April 2020, 1:14 pm
Updated Thursday, 23rd April 2020, 1:40 pm
Gerald McCarter is one of the most City of Derry most decorated members, winning trophies as both player and coach in some epic battles. Those battles pale into insignificance though, next to the challenge of selecting his dream City of Derry 15. Have a look and see if you agree with his selections . . .

Those battles pale into insignificance though, next to the challenge of selecting his dream City of Derry 15 from the players he's coached. For a man who has played with, and managed, some of the best players ever to don the 'Green and Black', there were plenty of star names to choose from.

"This proved to be a very difficult task and there are many great players whom I have been proud to coach who are not mentioned," explains Gerald, "It's only when I began this exercise that I realised just how many players I had coached at club and representative level. I could pick another excellent team out of those not in this squad! "

He's not wrong and has included a very strong bench. Have a look and see if you agree with his selections . . .

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'Budgie' was a very strong and mobile prop forward. An excellent ball carrier who produced quick ball. Forceful in the set pieces.
Robbie was good in all aspects of his play. He did the basics well and without fuss. Captained the double winning Cup and League team .
Andy loved scrummaging and bending his opponent into all sorts of uncomfortable positions! He used to severely disrupt opposition scrums .This was his forte and he was also a capable ball carrier.
An athletic second row, Owen was a strong scrummager and excellent line-out forward. Could be depended on to win vital line-out ball close to his own try line and also the opponent's line .
Liam was an athletic and powerful lean machine! He had an edge to his game which opponents were wary of. He also possessed explosive pace for a second row.
Part of an excellent back row with Keith and David, Neil was an excellent organiser of driving mauls from line-outs plus he was hard tackling in defence and powerful in attack.
David was very quick and had great ball skills. He could have played as a centre also which was very beneficial. He bounded round the pitch with endless energy!
Keith always thought he was the biggest, toughest and hardest player on the pitch and he usually was! Keith also had an abundance of skill. A great combination!
Andrew had all the basics of a top scrum half. A sharp pass, good kicking skills and quick on the break plus he worked extremely hard in defence.
Stephen probably had the most raw talent of anyone I have coached. In his prime he could leave any defence in tatters. Brilliant side step that left defenders chasing shadows. A long career which showed his durability and dedication.
At one stage Simon was one of the most dangerous runners in AIL rugby. Very quick feet and the ability to side step at pace made him a real threat. Could create out of nothing. Still going strong and hopefully many seasons to go.
Strong in defence and had good passing and kicking skills. Very competitive and totally committed player.
Ashley turned up out of the blue. It was like Christmas arriving early! A real match winner who was quick and deceptively strong. He had the ability to pick excellent running lines which resulted in either a try for himself or else a teammate.
For about two or three seasons Iain was electric. He seemed to have the ability to turn any situation, no matter how poor, into a positive which usually meant a try. In many ways quite similar to Simon Logue.
Lightning quick in his early years, Ian astutely evolved his play so that by the end of a long career he was still a top performer. Very consistent over the seasons with a great positional sense .
Very talented prop who had all the skills you need. James was a great impact player.
Sean was a lively hooker. Great round the pitch but his line-out throwing a slight weakness.
Jarleth was a great performer and had the ability to play both prop positions. Big advantage.
David was a great line out forward who also had good hands and was mobile around the pitch.
Controversial one here! (lol) Richard had loads of pace,great hands and could kick a long way.
Neil was a powerful winger. Strong and pacy and knew where the try line was.
James was very much similar to Neil Beddow in terms of style. Another player with tries in him !