15 March 2018

Match Ready with the Captains' from Friends'

This year, due to our ongoing commitment to our community and our strong belief in a healthy, fulfilled lifestyle, we embarked upon a three year sponsorship of the Burney Cup, the Ulster Schoolboy’s Senior Hockey Cup. This years’ final takes place today, Thursday 15 March and is set to be an epic showdown between current holders, Sullivan Upper School and the most successful school in Burney Cup history, Friends’ School Lisburn. With tensions high we spoke to each team captain to find out how they are preparing for the match.

Match Ready with the Captains' from Friends'

This year, due to our ongoing commitment to our community, and our strong belief in a healthy, fulfilled lifestyle, we embarked upon a three year sponsorship of the Burney Cup, the Ulster Schoolboy’s Senior Hockey Cup.

This years’ final takes place today, Thursday 15 March and is set to be an epic showdown between current holders, Sullivan Upper School and the most successful school in Burney Cup history, Friends’ School Lisburn.

With tensions high we spoke to each team captain to find out how they are preparing for the match.

We heard from Sullivan Captain, Fergus Gibson, yesterday so next up are the two Captains from Friends’ School Lisburn, Matt Milliken and Andrew Edgar (answering turn about).

So, big game on Thursday - how are you feeling?                                              

Not too nervous, I’ve played in a lot of big games this season. (Andrew Edgar)

Tell us how you got into Hockey and how you went on to become the captain?                        

I first got into playing hockey at Lisnagarvey in P4 and have played for the school since 1st year. Andrew and I must have both seemed right for the job. (Matt Milliken)

Those hockey balls are pretty heavy - have you ever been injured?                      

Thankfully not seriously, had a few niggles but nothing major. (AE)

Have you given your team any special advice in the run up to Thursday’s match?                    

Just to relax and enjoy it. (MM)

Do you have a team song? Or a mascot?                                                                      

No. (AE)

Are there any traditions your team will be taking part in before the match?      

Just a few high-5s before the game starts. (MM)

Do you take part in any other sports?      

I play waterpolo and cricket as well. (AE)

Friends' is known for it’s strong house system - which house do you belong to?                      

I’m in Croob. (MM)

This is your ‘A’ level year, what subjects are you currently studying in school?                        

Geography, Business Studies and PE. (AE)

What do you plan to do after you finish school this year?                                      

I hope to study Economics, either in Belfast or at Loughborough. (MM)

What do you like to do when you are not playing hockey or studying?            

Relax and watch other sports such as football and rugby. (AE)

Do you have a favourite movie?                    

Forrest Gump. (MM)                

What type of music do you like to listen to?                                                                                  

Mostly rap. (AE)

Do you have a nick name, on or off the pitch?                                                             

Not really, just Matt. (MM)