In the first of our series of player profiles we are giving you a chance to get to know the people in our club who represent us with pride and passion in the blue jersey. First up is legendary full forward and you tube sensation Johnny Maher who gives us an insight into his thoughts:
Favourite Hurling Memory: Watching the ball sail over in the dying seconds of the 2006 County Final to win the game. It was a huge team effort and the celebrations that followed will live long in the memory.
Most Difficult Opponent: On the hurling field Nigel Shaughnessy was as difficult an opponent as you’ll encounter. Once you had two or three nights a week training with “Shaughs” you were ready for what would meet you on the field of battle. I have to give honorable mention to Gordon Glynn also. He was a very difficult opponent in the Club Strictly Come Dancing event in March last year. His twinkle toes and light feet were no match however for my style and grace on the big night.
Ambition for 2015: To bring the Tom Callanan Cup back to Loughrea in October this year. That’s the aim for us and with a great blend of youth and experience in the team this year we will be going all out to meet that objective.
Favourite Other Sport: Gaelic Football and Rugby.
Favourite Hurler: Joe Cooney was someone who I had great admiration for when I was younger. He always delivered for Galway and Sarsflelds and as well as being a great hurler, he was a great leader on the field.
Favourite Film: Braveheart
Favourite Band/Musician: Michael Regan. Some of his performances in the Glór Tíre campaign had me sitting at home watching on TV with my mouth open.
Ideal Dinner Guests: Obviously my wife Donna for starters and then Roy Keane would be a great man to get an insight into for a couple of hours and finally Rihanna for her views into social and political issues which our country is currently facing. I would get to pick her outfit though.
Favourite Food: Bacon and Cabbage with new potatoes and brown sauce. You couldn’t beat it!
Favourite Drink: Smithwicks with a Guinness Head on memory. Since our new arrival with two small children in the house it’s been a while since I sampled one. In October though when we bring home the Tom Callanan Cup feel free to order me two or three of them.