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Title number 10 for record breaker Alan McNamee

Thursday, 19 October 2017

FOR Alan McNamee, the number 28 was more important than 10 on Sunday last. As Rhode won their 28th senior football title, McNamee won his 10th senior medal to break the record held by Ferbane's Pat Doyle.
McNamee had joined Doyle on nine medals last year but Sunday's win over Clara saw the Rhode midfielder break the record that Doyle had held since he won his ninth back in 1994. Four years later, McNamee set out on the road with his first in the Rhode jersey and 18 County finals later (including two replays), he landed his 10th.
"To get Rhode to number 28 was the big thing today. It is obviously a great achievement to get to 10 medals. Just a word about Pat Doyle, I have heard a lot about him, he was a great man to train and I have heard great stories about him. A great footballer and just to acknowledge him.
"I better enjoy it while I can, there are a few of the boys behind me on nine and they have three or four years on me.
"It definitely does help (winning). I am still enjoying playing and training. Going training can be tough some nights and you might say to yourself, 'why are you still doing this' but days like this are what makes it and having big games to look forward too.
"We have great team mates and great management in Rhode and while we are still enjoying it, we are going to keep pushing it on as much as we can."
The veteran midfielder agreed that is was far from a great performance but having being involved in plenty of finals where he came out on the losing side; he argued that finals are for winning.
"We are just delighted to get over the line. Clara were hitting hard in fairness and it took a lot out of the bodies and it was a hard slog out there. It is a county final and it is just about winning them.
"There was tough hitting and slogging out there. It is a bit of a monkey off our back. We hadn't done two in a row since back in 2006 and there was added pressure just to get the win. The performance wasn't great but Clara didn't let us play for long periods. Fair play to Clara, they came and hit hard but they can play ball as well. They have a lot of younger lads with a few older heads there as well. They have a nice mix there."

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