FOOTBALL PLAYER OF THE MONTH
Alongside our sponsors Danske Bank, Ulster Schools recognise the achievements of a footballer and hurler every month from across the spectrum of ongoing games and competitions.
For January, the Danske Bank Football Player of the Month is Rory McErlean from Rathmore Grammar School in Belfast.
Rory has been in fine scoring form for Rathmore so far in the Danske Bank U16.5 Rafferty Cup, helping them to victories over OLASP Knock and St Paul’s Bessbrook, to reach the Semi Finals of the competition which take place after mid-term
Name: Rory McErlean
Club: St Brigids Belfast
Favourite Position: Centre half Forward
Other hobbies: Golf & Hurling
Childhood sporting hero: Stephen Cluxton
Best Player you have played with: Jack Toner (St Brigid’s) – he is too quick and doesn’t miss
Best Player you have played against: Thomas Lloyd (St Brigid’s) – having him mark me in training is always a struggle, great defender.
Best game you have been involved in: Irish News Cup Final V Loreto Coleraine in 2019. We lost unfortunately but it was a crazy game after extra time, I won’t forget it.
(Read the match report here )
Best game you have been at as a spectator: 2017 All-Ireland Football Final. Dean Rock scored the winner from the free to shatter Mayo hearts.
Best advice received: Focus on the next ball
Most important skill: Shooting, of course
Biggest strength in your game: Shooting or passing
Area of your game you would like to improve: Power and tackling
Best thing about the GAA: The sense of community