1 Minute with Bernard Graham
18th June 2016
1 Minute with.................
Name: Bernard Graham
Club: Clooney Gaels Ahoghill.
Favourite Position: Centre Half Back.
Favourite Pitch: The old pitch at Fr. McGuigan Park Ahoghill.
Hobbies: Playing County and Hurling & Football for Ahoghill doesn't leave much time for anything else.
Childhood hero: Ken McGrath / Tony Browne Waterford.
Best Player you have played with: Some of the young fellas around the squad are seriously skillful. Marking Clarkey or Conor Johnston at training is a real eye opener.
Best Player you have played against: Richie Hogan All Ireland Junior Hurling Club Final 2007.
Best game you have been involved in: All Ireland Junior Hurling Club Semi Final v Skehanna Galway 2007. The game was level at half time, full time, half time of extra time and we scored a point at the very end to win by a point and get to an All Ireland Club Final in Croke Park.
Best game you have ever seen: Munster Hurling Final 2004. Waterford v Cork.
Best trainer within the squad: Chrissy O'Connell. The mans first there and last away every session and is always trying to improve his game.
Worst trainer within the squad: Big Jamesey Connolly spends a good bit of time on the physio table.
Worst training drill: Two men in the middle battling for the ball and working it out to the two men on the outside.
Best motivator within the squad: Simon McCrory or Tony McCloskey are always encouraging everyone and are great talkers on the pitch.
Pre Match meal: Omelette for an early throw in or pasta and chicken for an evening match.
Any superstitions: I'm not really superstitious. I've always sat in the same place in the club changing rooms though beside Donal and Boris but that's mainly for the banter.
Favourite Song: Whole Wide World by Wreckless Eric.
Favourite Film: The Quiet Man.
Favourite Holiday Destination: Killarney County Kerry.
Favourite Drink: Tae.
Favourite Meal: Chicken Liver Parfait.
Best advice ever received: "If you keep putting the same in your only going to get the same out. To get something better out of it your going to have to put more in". - Paul Bradley 2015
Biggest influence on career: My aul boy is a massive influence, he is always encouraging, positive and gives honest feedback on my games.
Club Volunteer of note: Gerard McFall. The man does shocking work for Ahoghill and for Antrim.
Song you listen to before big games: M83 - Outro.
Most important skill: Be able to strike comfortably off both sides.
Biggest Strength in your game: Tackling / blocking.
Area of your game you would like to improve: Fielding under the high ball.
Which club do you like to see do well apart from your own: Creggan hurlers but now were in the same league I don't know if I can say that.
Which county do you like to see do well apart from your own: It would be nice to see Waterford lift the Liam McCarthy.
Advice for youngsters: Practice every day and always have fun and enjoy playing hurling.
Young Player within your club to look out for: We have alot of great hurlers coming through at underage and a really strong u-14 team. The wee cousin Ronan Graham is one to look out for breaking onto our senior team this year.
Best thing about the GAA: Being able to go out and represent your club along with your brother, cousins and fellas you've grown up with.