The youngest of the Hickey clan who have played such an important role in Gelncar/Manorhamilton’s success of recent years, Aaron is looking forward to what he expects to be a great occassion on Sunday afternoon but he knows only too well it will be an incredibly tough afternoon for his side as they bid to get the better of their old rivals.
“I’m looking forward to it but it will be a tough task against our neighbours Melvin Gaels but we’re up for the challenge I think. It will be a good day for both sides and hopefully we come out the right side of the scoreline.”
Assessing the Melvin Gaels team, Aaron knows only too well the strength the Kinlough side possess and is full of praise for how they have been playing this year.
“They’re the team on form this year, we’re not playing to our ability and hopefully we can put that right in the final. Melvin Gaels are the team to beat this year with their intensity and they have great players like Emlyn Mulligan, Stephen McGurran and Paul Brennan that bring that intensity to the team and they have it right through their team, they have strength in depth from 1-15 and we know we have to play to our ability to beat them.”
Commenting on how his own team have been playing to date in the Championship Aaron feels there is room for significant improvement but the fact that Glenbcar/Manor have been winning without playing to their full potential is a cause for some satisfaction.
“We’re grinding out results but to be honest we would prefer to be winning more comfortably. This year we’re not putting in the performances we’d like but we’re happy to get out with a win and that’s the main thing, it puts us into another senior final and on final day, it’s between two teams and it’s 50/50 and whoever is the hungrier will win.”
The quest for an unprecendented five in a row almost came to a shuddering halt in the semi-final but Glencar/Manor did just enough to advance. Reflecting on that game Aaron noted, “Our scoring in the first half, we thought we would be a lot more comfortable but there is always positives to build on and negatives obviously but if we play the way we played in the first half against St Mary’s we’ll be going in the right direction but our second half performance wasn’t near the intensity that we would expect in a game and we have to improve a lot.
“They got in top in midfield and on top all over to be honest. The positive thing is that after they got seven points on the trot we got the point to win it and that was the difference.”
Turning his attention to the Sunday’s final Aaron insisted the mood within the Glencar/Manor camp is extremely positive noting, “All that’s in our mind is winning, winning, winning and we just want to keep going. There are no negatives in the team, we all push forward and we’re all there for each other.
“I know we’re not performing that well and fans have to realiase we’re trying our best, we’re doing it for our parish and we’re going to just keep driving on we’re going to give it everything on October 7.”
The key to success from a Glencar/Manor point of view may well be the strength that is possessed on the sidelines and Aaron acknowledging, “The winning of the game will be about whatever five subs we bring on because the panel has strength and depth. There are men to come on off the bench and put in one hell of a performance to change the game even if we are down or if we’re winning.
“Our fitness levels are proven in games and I think the bench is where we will win the game to be honest with you. We have quality forwards, we are strong all over but I think mainly it’s the bench that’s going to win the game for us if we do get a victory.
While big match nerves may affect some players, Aaron is treating Sunday as any he would any other game saying, “I just get on with it. I look forward to every game, it’s about enjoying it and I enjoy my gaelic and I don’t get nervous so we’re just going to give it one hell of a rattle.”