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Aghaloo Ace Ruairi Mc Glone Takes The Loughtec Q And A

Wednesday 17.06.2020
Team Talk Mag


Aghaloo player Ruairi Mc Glone is the man with the answers this week. Some interesting thoughts and points of view. Well worth a read.

1. Earliest GAA memory.
Back when I started playing at under 12s I think it was, I couldnt kick a ball, Marty McCarron drew an X on my boot and said that’s the sweet spot. The jury is still out on whether it worked or not!

Or another memory is the oul boy kicking the ball out between me and Jody in the back field and us cutting lumps out of each other trying to win.

2. Was your family a traditional GAA family?
My Mother played for Antrim Camogs. Reckons she was beat in an all Ireland.
Rodney’s ‘love’ for farming kept him from playing, he swears that he was county standard though….

3. The best GAA venue you have been to?
Croke Park. Unbelievable, been lucky enough to have played on it and nothing compares to it really.

4. School participation and/or success.
In the academy I played in the teams through the years but we always were beaten  in semis or finals, unlucky not to have won a few competitions with the players that we had.

5. Club/ County role models that you looked up to as a youth
Club- That’s a hard one, for footballing ability and mentality Stevie D (GOAT)

Management- Shane Mc Gee or Mickey Donnelly although I think they come as pair.

County – Peter Canavan and Brian Dooher were the men you aspired to be when you grew up.

6. Other sports that you played or had an interest in.
I have dabbled in a few other sports.
Basketball at school, soccer for Caledon Rovers and started Armagh rugby there last year.

7. Most difficult opponent you have faced in club football and why? Ronan McNamee- Aghyaran. The man is a machine, gave me a fair run around a few years back, I’ll hopefully perform a bit better come championship.

8. Best player you have ever seen play Gaelic football.
David Moran of Kerry is up there but still has to be Peter Canavan.

9. Are you a fan of the recent rule changes? Although we never got a chance really to try it out I think it makes the game too stop/start and too much pressure on the referees , and I’m always looking out for the referees !!!!!!

10. The best GAA match that you ever saw. The best one I’ve seen live is the Dublin Kerry semi final in 2013,
Tyrone 05 final was another deadly game

11. Are you a fan of academies/development squads? Why?
Yes I think they are great, it’s great from the point of view that if a player sticks at it and takes all on board he/she will go back to his or her club a more improved player!

12. Your own involvement around the club.
I have been on the committee for a few years now, was PRO for a while, started off my management career with our u12 boys winning a few tournaments, C.V. filling out rightly.

13. How important is the GAA in your community? GAA is everything around Aghaloo, the club as a whole really rallies around everyone in times of need.

14. Favourite county jersey (not Tyrone)

15. Are you a fan of penalties to decide the outcome of championship games?
Look I would be a fan of them to decide a game after a replay and extra time, everyone hits penos before and after training be it messing about or a wee competition,
I dont think it would be the worst rule the GAA could have… that would be the advanced mark.


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