THE strength of a team can be its defensive formation and how it counteracts the threat of the opposition.
Since Glen Rovers made the big breakthrough, in 2015, and subsequently followed that up with another title, in 2016, one of the mainstays of their defence has been next Sunday’s team captain, Brian Moylan.
His consistency in the number-six jersey has been a feature of the team and he’s hoping that he can win a third title and, at the same time, deny Imokilly their third-in-a-row.
“This will be my fifth county final; I have won two and lost two. A lot of the players, it would be their fifth, as well, so a few of us have been on the road, now, a while.
“We have that bit of experience and that’s always a benefit to you and, hopefully, it will stand to us on Sunday.’’
Losing in 2014 was particularly painful, he recalls.
“It was; losing the way we did in 2014 to Sars. It was tough to take. When you don’t perform, it is always harder to take.
“Sometimes, you can live with a loss when you perform to the best of your ability — there’s some bit of pride in that — but we learned from it, got back in there in 2015 and 2016, and won both, so we definitely made up for that.”
A number of players on both teams are seeking their third county medal on Sunday and the Glen captain is hopeful he’ll be one of them.
“Look, we are under no illusions as to what we are facing next Sunday. Imokilly are going for three-in-a-row for a reason.
“We had that opportunity in 2017 and we knew how hard it was, but we’d be quietly confident that if we perform to the best of our ability, that we’d be there or thereabouts.”
Getting back into another final was no easy task and the Glen captain acknowledges that they might well have missed out on next Sunday, if it wasn’t for the attitude and character of the side.
“Yes, we could have lost either of the games against Charleville and Newtown; in fairness, they put us to the pin of our collar.
“We were disappointed with those two performances, but, at the end of the day, we did show great character; we dug it out.
“We were lucky in those games, but we got out of both and that is something we hope will stand to us, if we are in that type of situation again.”
If Sunday’s showdown was a game of snooker, many might suggest that it’s a deciding frame between two sides who have dominated the landscape over the past four years, with two titles apiece.
“Yes, maybe, from a neutral’s point of view, it’s probably the final they would have wanted, given the past few years, but, as I said, Imokilly are favourites for a reason.
“There’s not many teams up and down the country that can afford to have a Cork under-20 player as an impact sub.
“They have massive talent, a massive squad, so we know we are up against it.’’ Being on a Glen team, being captain of it on a county final day is, he accepts, a huge honour.
“You grow up all your life watching Glen players. I grew up, Richie (Kelleher) was playing (Seanie (McGrath), Glen Foley, Tadghie Murphy. I will be togging out next Sunday with his young fellow, who is part of our panel. That’s what the Glen is about and when you win with them, there’s no better feeling.
“That’s why you train in January for days like next Sunday, to put yourself in a position to win county finals for the Glen.”
Moylan has huge regard for all those associated with Glen teams, particularly team boss, Richie Kelleher.
“I know Richie, personally, since 2005. He was a selector when we won a minor county championship; he has been part of our hurling lives in the Glen for the past 15 to 20 years.
“That’s just the character of the man. He would do anything for you and we, as players, know that we owe him so much and, hopefully, we can repay him on Sunday with another title.”