FINLAY STILL FIRED UP

18 January 2013 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Looking forward has always been Paul Finlay’s game plan. The 2012 Monaghan Player of the Year has no plans to change tact now, especially after the tumultuous past 12 months he has just experienced. By KEVIN CARNEY

been a bitter-sweet one for Paul Finlay. Over the course of 2012 the iconic Ballybay man went through the full gamut of emotions on both the personal and sporting fronts.
He tied the knot with Monaghan town lass Donna Sheridan but buried his father Kieran last March.
He captained the Pearse Brothers to a first SFC success in 25 years and put the cherry on the cake by putting in a man-of-the-match performance in the county final.
On the debit side, he yet again ended up with nothing to show for his time with the senior county team.
After a year in which the word rollercoaster seems totally inadequate to describe what he has gone through, Finlay is entitled to wish for a fairer, less taxing and more rounded 2013.
The omens are good. Last week, he was honoured at the Annual Awards Night by his peers and the county’s GAA powerbrokers with the 2012 Player of the Year gong.
For all that, the words ‘consolation’ and ‘prize’ seem to hover in the air and garland the POY award as the interview expands:
“Getting the award was grand. It was nice to get it,” Finlay says. “But when you don’t get success with the county and you didn’t achieve what you wanted in a Monaghan jersey you tend to forget about the year and move on quickly.”
The Mick Duffy Cup? Well sin gong eile. The near-perfect elixir.
“Winning a county senior championship medal with your own club has to be the ultimate for any club player.
“We’ve been up senior since winning the …

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