Since his return from Australia (AFL) late last year Killoe footballer Michael Quinn has enjoyed a fantastic few months with both club and county. Last week he received a prestigious All-Star nomination and is hoping to cap off a memorable season on Sunday next by claiming a Longford senior championship medal with his club.
“There were two aims that I had coming back from Australia; getting to a county final with Killoe and changing things in Killoe and making that step up. It’s 17 years since we were in a senior final last. A huge effort has been put in and I think we can enjoy it from here on in. Hopefully we will put in a good performance and that a famous win will materialise,” he told the Leader.
Quinn knew the talent was there in Killoe when he returned home but did he expect to see them making great strides and getting to a County Final? “I probably did,” he admitted. ”But when the Championship did start I realised how hard it was to get there. When you get to the quarter-final stage you can easily have an off day and slip up. We got the results although we didn’t play to the best of our ability in those games (v Abbeylara and Dromard). I think we are showing a sign of maturity getting over the line in these tight games which I think will stand to us in the final. We are learning from our mistakes and that is a credit to the younger lads who are willing to push on.”
In the current championship Killoe have shown what a versatile side they are with the majority of the players capable of operating in different positions. It’s something that Quinn feels could be an advantage for Killoe: “It shows the type of players we have that lads can play in a lot of positions. With Tommy (McCormack) there, if you are asked to play a specific role in the team you are willing to do it. We are capable of mixing it up and changing it about and that keeps the opposition guessing.”
Whether he is operating in the attack and or in the defence, Michael Quinn has been outstanding for Killoe in the championship and is the one player that can cause serious trouble for Slashers. The modest young man is looking forward to Sunday’s clash and admitted that the pressure is on the reigning champions: “The pressure is on Slashers and we are going to go in there and enjoy the big occasion. We got an extra game against Dromard two weeks before the county final and that could prove to be a decisive factor. But Slashers are a different proposition with all their experience and are going for three-in-a-row. It’s going to be the toughest game of the year and that’s what county finals are all about.”