Morning Assembly vice Captain Peter Fahy

Morning Assembly vice Captain Peter Fahy
Denis Hooper

Good morning lads.

Hope everyone had a great a midterm. Now begins our final term before Christmas. Predictably the fun and games probably need to tone down and the hard work needs to kick in with Christmas exams looming for us all.

Last Saturday, as I watched England played South Africa in the Rugby World Cup final. I was struck how the two smallest players on the pitch, Faf de Klerk and Cheslin Kolbe, contributed so much to the success of the South African performance. Kolbe is only 5’6”. Their work rate was just phenomenal and yet to play at such high level rugby; they must have had to overcome plenty of obstacles, not least in themselves. They had determination like no other players on the pitch.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful to set our own goals in life and approach them with the same determination displayed by these guys? What we saw on Saturday was the result of many years of hard work and powerful self-belief. I am sure there were days those boys hated it, but they got on with it and worked through. They knew that every day matters and every day really does matter for us too. So let’s get going, make today count and set some new goals for ourselves or revisit goals we have not achieved yet.

How about we stop procrastinating and start using our time to our benefit. Lets learn how to do the basic things in life right. Then we can build on those skills every single day. One day those boys had to pick up a rugby ball for the first time, they had to learn how to catch and pass and how to tackle and ruck.  We too have to learn how to continue to build on the skills and knowledge we already have and some day, like those guys our many years of work will pay off for us. It mightn’t be a World Cup medal but it will be just as important to us, because we worked to the best of our ability for it. And remember if you have done your best no one can ask for any more of you. So let’s keep our heads up and work through the struggle and we too will have our own days of glory.

Not only was this a win for the South African rugby team it was a win for a unified nation. All South Africans had to learn how to do the basics like treating each other with genuine respect. Twenty years ago they never thought Siya Kolisi would lift the Webb Ellis Cup and I am sure he never dreamed of it either as the society he lived in didn’t let him have those dreams. With support and perseverance everything is achievable for each of us.  South Africa showed the way with such a symbolic and thorough win.

So let’s remember that getting the small stuff right and having a good consistent work rate is the recipe for success for us here in Glenstal. And now!