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Wednesday 20 August 2014

OLLIE MORAN Limerick hurler

Published 15/05/2005 | 00:11

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OLLIE, 29, is in his ninth season and is captain. At underage he was more into rugby and played at full back ("one of the pretty boys") for Ireland U18s, the Irish Colleges, and Munster U18s and U20s. He won an AIL Division Four medal with Bohemian. He also played minor football for Limerick. He made his debut as a hurler in the League in 1997 against Kilkenny in Nowlan Park a

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OLLIE, 29, is in his ninth season and is captain. At underage he was more into rugby and played at full back ("one of the pretty boys") for Ireland U18s, the Irish Colleges, and Munster U18s and U20s. He won an AIL Division Four medal with Bohemian. He also played minor football for Limerick. He made his debut as a hurler in the League in 1997 against Kilkenny in Nowlan Park and his championship debut the same year against Waterford. He has played all over the place but prefers half back or midfield. He has won a National League medal, two Fitzgibbon Cups, three Railway Cups and three county championships with Ahane. He has represented Ireland at shinty and is a Munster All-Star. Ollie is married to Lisa and works as a mortgage and investment adviser with Hickey Financial Services in Limerick city. His first cousin, Eoin Kelly, plays for Tipperary today.

Most memorable sporting moment?

2001 Munster SHC v Waterford. We were 11 points down after 20 minutes, and won by three

Worst sporting moment?

Munster SHC Final 2001. I dislocated a collarbone and we lost to Tipperary by two points

Sporting event you would pay most to see?

Lions v New Zealand Test Match

Moment in your life when sport was put into perspective?

1997 NHL, Tipperary v Kilkenny in Thurles when a man dropped dead beside me after a heart attack

Sporting heroes?

Serge Blanco, Lance Armstrong, Ronaldhino

Least favourite venue?

Pearse Stadium, Galway - It always rains up there and I never won a game.

What most distinguishes a county player from a club player?

Being talented and prepared to make total sacrifices on and off the field.

Who is the best club player who hasn't made your county team?

Willie Walsh of Murroe Boher, a very good half back who was on the county panel up to two years ago, but never got a run.

Is it necessary to be hard/ruthless to be successful at county level?

No, but you do need to be very single minded and determined

How many times have you been sent off in your career?

Never (yet) I have a good relationship with most refs!

What is the most annoying thing an opponent has done to you in the course of a game?

Pulled on me after the ball had gone

If there was a transfer market who would be your target?

Tipp's Eoin Kelly. Top class finisher and unselfish on the ball.

What proportion of training time do you spend on the skills of the game?

About 60 per cent

If you could change a rule in your game what would it be?

Stop penalising defenders when forwards throw their arms around them and invariably get the free.

Are there any perks involved in playing for the county?

Greater exposure for business, occasional commercial endorsements, direct entry to A & E Departments.

How many years before players are financially rewarded - and would you approve?

It's about five years away. I would approve as long as it didn't create divisions.

How has your social life suffered since you became a county player?

I've a Gold Card at the cinema, say no more.

What is the most annoying question asked by the public?

"Are the dual players back yet?" (I still get it)

Which four sportspeople would you like to invite to dinner?

Jonah Lomu, Roy Keane, Vinny Jones and Darren Clarke. Good banter, good crack and good appetites.

Sporting motto?

Never take short cuts and always aim to be the best

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