Next up on our road to Navan, we chatted to Rookie Wide Receiver Neil Maxwell to see what he thought about the biggest game of the year...
#1 Neil Maxwell running after a punt, with #10 David McMichael blocking for him. Pic Credit: Eamon McCormick
Well Neil, I suppose first things first. First year with the team, and you’re in the Bowl. How does that feel?
Feels great to get to the bowl, not just for myself and the other rookies but the team as a whole. It feels great when you know all the players and coaches hard work throughout the year has paid off.
You started as a rookie in January as a WR and have managed to secure a starting position in our offence. How do you think you’ve done since those cold January mornings to playing Trinity in the blistering heat last Sunday?
I was told there was no way to prepare a rookie for their first competitive game, and I believe that is true. It was a real eye opening expirence, but since that first game against Trinity I believe I've gained more confidence through training and listening to experienced players and coaches. I believe my game has improved alot, it was nice to beat Trinity in the semi final playoff game after the loss to them in my first game.
Turning to the Bowl then, last time out the ‘Boys managed to get the win against the Minotaurs, think it’ll be the same result next Sunday?
I've played sports long enough to know that a final is a different game altogether and it won't be easy, but I am also confident enough to know that if we play the way we know we can, we will come out with the win.
This there anything specific you are focusing on in preparation for the Bowl game or are you just studying the playbook, making sure you know what each play is?
Trying to keep myself fit and ready for the game as well as studying the playbook. When I started playing, I didn't think there would be as much studying but I like to keep everything fresh in my mind so I know what I need to do each play.
And finally Neil, as a WR you spend your time running routes, but you also block on running plays. Would you rather take a 10 yard receiving touchdown, or making a great block that allows for a 80 yard touchdown run?
It is a great feeling making a block to allow for a touchdown, but as a WR I always want the ball, so I will be selfish and say give me the 10 yard receiving TD, after an 80 yard run play.
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