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Emma-Jane Gervin Takes The Mc Aleer And Rushe Q And A

Friday 10.07.2020
Team Talk Mag



1.Earliest GAA memory

My earliest memory would be playing for Coalisland Fianna boys from u8-u14. I remember breaking my wrist during an u12 game against the Rahillys and I never got it x-rayed until 5days later. That next weekend we played in the Pearse Og tournament in Armagh, I had the cast covered up with a long sleeve jersey. I remember being lined out at midfield I caught the ball and put it over the bar for the opposing team… Let’s just say that didn’t go down too well.

2. How much time do you give over to GAA each week? Can you give us a breakdown of an average week?

When training is in full swing I would be training about 6/7days each week between club and county. I really love and enjoy training as I always like to get the best out of myself/performances. 

3. The best GAA venue you have been to?

The best GAA venue would have to be Croke Park. The pitch, the atmosphere and everything about it is just surreal. 

4. School participation and/or success

I went to St.Josephs College, Coalisland from 1st-5th year and I won the U16 Tyrone Schools Championship. Then for my A-levels I went to St.Patricks Academy we won an Ulster Championship and reached an All Ireland Final, unfortunately the result did not go our way that day. I also won an Ulster College All Star in my time with the Academy.

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

I know she’s not that much older than me but I’ve always looked up to Neamh Woods. Her athleticism, dedication and hunger is something to be admired. She always gives 100% and is a great role model for our youth today. 

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

I played a bit of basketball and camogie in my youth. With the basketball I nearly got fouled out most games and as for camogie my hurl barely got touched for I kicked the ball the majority of the time so thought it was best to invest all my time into football.

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

I have faced many a tough opponent in club football. A few club mates are as tough opponents as you could ask for. The likes of Rebecca Barker, Niamh Hughes and Mary Cassidy fairly challenge you at training, which is great as it stands to you going into a game.

8. Best player you have ever seen play Gaelic football 

Peter Canavan! An unbelievable talent and a joy to watch 

9. Are you happy enough to see the restart of club and county activities?

Absolutely! I’m so glad to get back not just for the football but also for the craic and banter with everyone. 

10. The best GAA match that you ever saw.

Would have to be the 2003 All Ireland Final! 

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

Yeah I think they are a good thing. I feel that by being introduced to a higher standard and quality of football at county level can improve players greatly. But for anyone who hasn’t made a development squad I wouldn’t let that discourage them from playing, just keep working hard and enjoying your football.

12. Your own involvement around the club?

I have coached our underage teams at various stages and now I am currently playing with some of the players I had coached.. which makes me feel ancient.

13. How important is the GAA in your community?

I think in most communities GAA is the heart of the community. It brings about a great sense of togetherness and you feel like you are part of one big family.

14. Favourite county jersey (not Tyrone) 

Would have to be Dublin. I think all of their gear is class 

15. What are your main strengths as a footballer?

I would say my main strengths would probably be my commitment and work rate.



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