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Gerard Devine Under the Loughtec Intermediate Spotlight

Wednesday 22.04.2020
Team Talk Mag
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Gerard Devine

1. Earliest GAA memory

The primary school blitz hosted by the club for all the local schools in the parish. That was our all ireland finals at that age. Seriously competitive with players from sigersons and clann na gael involved and no one wanted to lose. I still have my winners medal at home.

2. Was your family a traditional GAA family? Explain

My father and uncle would have played with the club right up from youth to senior. We have always been involved with the club and continue to do so. My uncle Sean would have been club chairman for a number of years in the noughties.

3. Sibling involvement or success?

My brother Ryan plays with me now at senior level. He’s a few years younger than me so it’s nice to have the chance to play with him at this stage and winning the 2017 junior league alongside him was special. He would have been involved in the development squads up until u17 level and then the dreaded cruciate injury happened. To this day he still claims he made Cathal Mcshane into the player he has become! My sister played for a few years with the ladies also.

4. School participation and/or success

I played with St Colman’s in Strabane then the newly formed Holy Cross College. We didn’t achieve anything in my time at the school. For the team we had at the time we definitely underachieved.

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

Declan McCrossan- Excellent player. He had everything in his locker for a player to look up to. I was lucky enough to get the chance to play with him at senior level for a few years.
Brendan Boggs was another player we all looked up to in our youth days. He excelled in his minor days and really flew the flag for the club with his performances and is still doing so now.
County- Conor Gormley. Brilliant to watch. Always did the job he was asked to do and made it look very easy. The block vs Stevie McDonnell in the ‘03 final still stands out in my mind. Would we have won if he didn’t get that Block in??

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

Currently enjoying running during the time off. I have signed up to a 30 day challenge of 5km per day and it’s strangely enjoyable.

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

Tyrone club football has some serious forwards and being a corner back you are always going to have a hard day. Ryan Mayse probably would be up there. Accuracy, pace and never stops moving! At club training we have some handfuls and they all keep us on our toes. Special mention to Ronan McNulty and stephen harper who causes me serious bother in the in house games.

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

Peter Canavan. Search YouTube for his highlights video.Unbelievable.

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

No, not really. They are making too many changes to a game that didn’t need any changes. I have watched the tyrone finals of 03 -08 over the last few weeks and that was brilliant football to watch. The game has been changed so much since that by the powers that be and in my eyes not for the better. Being a 5 ft 8 corner back doesn’t help me with the inside mark either!!

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

Forget about trying to alter the rules and properly sort out the fixtures across the board. Club players deserve respect as much as the county players. If we have a Set calendar, we can live our lives and even make plans!

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

I think they do play their part. Players who are good enough get the chance to better themselves with top coaches. However as long as it doesn’t affect their participation with their club games and trainings. I think it’s so important to have them involved with their clubs at that age as much as possible.

12. Your own involvement around the club.

I am currently playing at senior level and have been coaching at various levels since I was 16. I was youth officer for a number of years and sat on the the club committee also.

13. How important is the GAA in your community?

Being from a rural community the GAA is very important to us. Owen roes is proud club which I am delighted to be a part of and people within the club are always doing their upmost to help people. That has been very evident over the last month with the current covid-19 situation.

14. Favourite county jersey (not Tyrone)

Mayo. Hard to beat the Green and red.

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

No. Extra time. Play to a winner on the day however long that may be! Penalties are a cruel way to go out!

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