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Derrylaughan’s Liam Gervin Is The Senior Player In The Hotseat This Week

Thursday 16.04.2020
Team Talk Mag
Club Life

This week’s senior Q and A in association with Murphys gloves is Derrylaughan’s Liam Gervin, an All Ireland minor winner with Tyrone in 2010. 


1. Earliest GAA memory?

Playing in an U8 tournament in Coalisland. It was a big tournament at the time.

2.Was your family a traditional GAA family?

Very much so. I have two older brothers who both played for Derrylaughan while my father has been always involved with the club with various teams.

3. Sibling involvement or success?

My brother Ciaran won MacRory and Hogan Cup medals with the Academy in 2008 and in the same year won Ulster and All Ireland minor medals with Tyrone. My younger sister plays Camogie and has won a few titles including one recently with the School.

4. School participation and/or success?

I was fortunate to be part of a very strong squad of players the whole way up through school at the Academy in Dungannon losing only three or four games during that time. We won Cor na nOg and Rannafast Cup titles but lost in the Brock, McCormack and MacRory Cup finals. I did win a MacRory Cup medal in 2009 as a fifth year.

5. Club/ County role models that you looked up to as a youth?

The players that I would have looked up to within my own club were Kevin Coary and Martin McStravog. At County level it was Peter Canavan and Conor Gormley.

6. Other sports that you played or had an interest in?

I would have a big interest in boxing. Its something that runs in the family with my late grandfather Frank having established Clonoe Boxing Club.

7. Most difficult opponent you have faced in club football and why?

Its hard to pick out one as there are a few who haven’t given me a kick! Ruairi Mullan of Cookstown was always a hard defender to get the better of.

8. Best player you have ever seen play Gaelic football?

It would have to be Peter Canavan, an unreal talent. The Gooch was good as well but not as good as Peter.

9. Are you a fan of the recent rule changes?

No. To be honest they have changed the rules that much its hard to keep up with it at times.

10. One suggestion that you think might improve the game?

I think the game is alright the way it is without tinkering with it. If it’s not broken don’t fix it.

11. Are you a fan of academies/development squads? Why?

Yes I am. I was someone who came up through development squads and that group of players won an All Ireland minor title in 2010. It’s a great opportunity to work under different managers and play with players from different clubs and I feel that it can only improve your confidence.

12. What is your own involvement around the club apart from playing?

I helped out with the U12s last year and this season I’m with the U16s. We had a couple of months training down but now things are up in the air but hopefully the young lads will have some football this year.

13.How important is the GAA in your community?

It’s the main focal point in our community without a doubt, number one with nothing else coming close to it.


14. Favourite county jersey (not Tyrone)


15. Are you a fan of penalties to decide the outcome of championship games?

No I wouldn’t. I think it’s unfair to leave it up to one player to perhaps decide the outcome of a big match. Obviously if you score it’s okay but if you miss it would be difficult to take.



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