By Niall Gartland
THE Rock got off to a victorious start last Friday night with a convincing victory away from Strabane, and their seasoned captain Aidan Girvan recognizes the importance of getting points early on the board.
The 32-year-old says the influx of young talent into the squad was a big motivator in his decision to continue fighting the good fight for his club, and talented young players like Liam Nugent and Shane Murphy have played a huge role in their 0-16-0-8 win over the Sigersons.
Girvan commented: “We were in the middle league for five or six straight years earlier in my career and sometimes it was just a few points that separated the teams at the bottom and the top.
“If you start badly, you will stick together for the rest of the year, but if you start well, you will be in a positive frame of mind.
This is the Rock‘s second year in their last stint in the middle ranks, and Girvan admits his reputation as a “yo-yo” team is eating away at him a bit.
He explains that it hasn’t always been easy to maintain their momentum after playing and excelling in the Ulster and All-Ireland Junior Championships.
“The yo yo tag is something we don’t really like. When you’re a small club and you’re going to run in Ulster it’s hard to get things done as the men decide they want to be out or get hurt. As for the new season, you are almost catching up. Maybe last year’s break helped us in some ways.
See today’s Ulster Herald and Dungannon Herald for the rest of our interview with Aidan Girvan
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Posted: 7:30 p.m. June 3, 2021