Niall Earls Shares his thoughts

Though still in his twenties vice captain Niall Earls seems to have been around for ages, like the captain he's a versatile all-rounder who leads by example and is always dependable. 
Today we asked him for his thoughts....
...on the Clarinbridge game
"The Clarinbridge match was good result for us in a way because it made people inside and outside our parish sit up and realise that we are a competitive senior team . As players we were disappointed not to finish the job with a win because we fully believed we would win, but from a practical point of view it was great to give the younger players a taste of what's to come and I think they will take great confidence from it as they all played well".

...on only getting twenty minutes,
"The injury I have is the most frustrating injury imaginable . I had to go off on the intermediate county final in 2011 against Moycullen after twenty minutes with the exact same injury and to be
honest I don't think I'm any closer to recovery now than I was in 2011. It's a shoulder/back injury that can give way at any time and I've been all over the country looking for help but I've failed to even get a diagnosis . It's very hard to accept after a hard years training and you only get to play 20 minutes in a game you really want to play well in".
...on other games he has seen
"I've seen a few games this year and I think the county championship is very open. The most competitive match I've seen was Portumna v St Thomas's. I think one of these two teams will lift the county cup. Outside of these two teams it's a level playing field but you will probably see Loughrea in the shakeup as they always get results when their backs are to the wall and if I were to pick a dark horse it would be Ardrahan".
...on his experience of playing senior before and being vice captain                     
"This is my third stint in senior hurling which isn't a statistic to be proud of but that's just the nature of a small country club . We always struggled for numbers and as a result we always had to fill positions on the field with guys that may not have been senior hurlers, but for the first time since I started hurling senior I believe we have a proper senior team that we can go to war with. We have plenty of big men , we're very fit and getting fitter and we have guys to bring on as subs that are equally as good as any player on the field of play . We have a long way to go to get up there with St Thomas's , Loughrea or Portumna but the attitude is good and theres nothing we won't do to improve ourselves".
....on the younger players coming though
"We are lucky to have a great bunch of young hurlers coming through. For years we didn't have any county hurlers coming through the club, but in the last seven or eight years we have had a fairly steady flow of county u-16, minor and u-21 hurlers . This year we have a couple of lads on the u-21 and development panels and we have a county minor and I expect we will have a couple on the u-16 panel also . This is very important for the future of senior hurling in the club because you need players of that quality to be competitive".
...and finally his thoughts on Fridays game.
"Friday will be a huge game for us . I don't think anybody is expecting us to beat the current All-Ireland club champions but we will be looking to put in a good performance and gain some valuable experience . St Thomas's gave a bit of inspiration to every club team in Galway last year and they showed great self belief when they came through some very tough battles especially the All-Ireland semi final against Loughgiel Shamrocks".

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