No divided loyalties says Fabian

The McMorrow house will be an interesting place next weekend but Fabian prepares to take his place on the Melvin Gaels team next Sunday in the Connacht Gold Senior Championship Final, he may find one member of family cheering on the opposition!

The McMorrow house will be an interesting place next weekend but Fabian prepares to take his place on the Melvin Gaels team next Sunday in the Connacht Gold Senior Championship Final, he may find one member of family cheering on the opposition!

In quite an unusual tale, Fabian is a lifeline stalwart with Melvin Gaels while older brother Kenneth won a Senior Championship with Glencar/Manorhamilton back in 1999 while another brother has lined out with Glenfarne/Kiltyclogher to confuse the situation even more.

But according to Fabian, there will be no confusion next Sunday as to who the parents will be supporting in the battle of the two north Leitrim giants – “Ah they’re Melvin Gaels, the parents are Melvin Gaels. They remind Kenneth of that a lot too!” joked Fabian.

“That’s the situation but there is always a bit of craic in our house on a Sunday or a weekend when the boys get together and we have a chat about things but we never come to blows about it or anything.”

Melvin Gaels semi-final performance may have added some pressure to the Kinlough side and Fabian admits there is quite a bit of banter about the meeting of the deadly rivals – “It does I suppose and I know it is a local derby and you can’t deny the fact that they are four-in-a-row champions.

“It is going to be a tough game no matter what way you look at it. There is a lot of talk about the game but we’re focusing on our own game and we’ll hopefully put in a good performance.”

Putting in a performance is central to Melvin Gaels philosophy and getting to the Final has been the aim all year according to the County star – “Definitely, it is what we trained for all year, we had a good enough championship and we’ve taken every game as it comes but this has been our main goal for the season, to get to the championship final.

“Even from basically two years ago, when we were relegated to Intermediate, it was to get back up to Senior and go as far as we can. This year, we’re in the final and we’ll see how it goes.”

Relegation to the Intermediate ranks was a traumatic experience that many Melvin Gaels players remember more than the Intermediate triumph of a year ago and Fabian is no different – “It was and we probably said it this time last year that it was a serious wake-up call.

“By right, we shouldn’t have been there but we had ourselves to blame for it and in fairness to us, we got ourselves out of it and we are where we are today.”

Fabian believes that the Gaels received yet another wake-up call against Bornacoola in the quarter-finals and it has paid dividends – “I know it was a wake-up call but Bornacoola are a good side, they’re a good championship side.

“Maybe we were a bit complacent going into the game but at the end of it, we knew we were in a game. They are a big physical side and they really put it up to us, they knew their game-plan, they stuck to it and it nearly worked for them.

“We were lucky, we got a few points at the end and we came back well in the second half. It was a good game to get at that stage because the previous game, we had a comfortable enough win. We definitely picked it up for Aughawillan, Aughawillan are a good, fit young side but a bit of physicality on our side told the tale.

“Bornacoola a big physical side and they’re not afraid to us it, no matter who is in front of them, they’ll sow it into you. It was a good game to get. The last game we had, we racked up a big score and I don’t know if it reflected the game exactly but we’re just happy to be in the final.”

For Fabian, 2012 has already been a busy and successful year as he made a successful return to the County scene, earning a place in the championship team and the Melvin Gaels man reveals that he has enjoyed every minute of it.

“It is a long year but it doesn’t feel like a long year, it has been a great year. For myself personally, I’m happy enough with the year I’ve had. It is great to get back to the club too and get on this far. There are a few of us on the Leitrim panel and it has brought us on a good bit.

“The lads at home have been training really hard and when we come back to training, the boys are just as fit as us. “

Asked if Melvin Gaels are going to do it, Fabian displayed confidence tinged with caution – “If we put in the performance that we are capable of and hold Manor back in the scoring department, we have enough fire-power upfront to get the scores we need. It is going to be a tight game but I think we will.”