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Interview with Alex Mount

15 May 2020
Alex Mount

Arran Bowyer from RINKit asked Golden Boy Alex Mount from ADS, where it all began...

Alex, how did you become interested in Rink Hockey?
I started playing Rink Hockey because my dad used to go down to the pier and watch HBU seniors play most weeks. Hockey has always been my number 1 sport and I've had some amazing moments. I've loved playing Rink Hockey since I can remember.

 

Who would be your favourite coach?
I've had many coaches in my career but I would not be the player I am today if it was not for two coaches. The first coach is Ken Pughe, he taught me all the basics of hockey and has become a good friend to me and my family. The second is Carlos Amaral who I've known for nearly my whole career like Ken, but Carlos is the main reason why I'm playing in Portugal today. I still have a close connection with Carlos as I'm always talking to him on the phone, getting his advise so that I can keep improving and go even further in my career.

Tell me about your senior debut for HBU?
My first ever seniors game was when I was 14 and it was an away game to Letchworth. I played the last 5 mins of the game and missed a penalty, it definitely wasn't the best game of my life!

 

What about your debut for ADS?
My first senior game for ADS, which is my current club in Portugal, was much better. Even though we lost 7-1 to Porto, my coach Vitor Pereira gave me 5 mins on the rink, I was only 17 and I was able to score a direct against Nelson Filipe in front of 1500 fans. That goal was a great moment for me and put me on the map. As soon after that I had my first interview for a newspaper.

Alex Mount

What's your training schedule like, Do you train every day?
My week consists of 4-5 training sessions that last from 1 and half hours to 3 hours at a time, then on the weekend there is always a hard game awaiting for me and my team in the best league in the world.


Do you have any pre game rituals?
I have no real pre-game rituals but I like to wake up early on the day of the game. I like to get breakfast in a cafe and have a walk around to get some fresh air so that i feel awake and get my legs moving for the game ahead of me.


What's your most memorable goal?
My most memorable goal has got to be the one I scored in the under 17 championships in France in 2014, where we drew 1-1 with Spain. It was a far post volley from a great pass from Will Rawlinson that took us 1-0 up.


Who's your favourite player you've played against?
I've had great opportunities to play with and against the best players in the world such as Nicolia and Pedro Gil which have got to be my favourite players.


Who's the toughest Goalkeeper you've faced?
I've been lucky enough to play and score against the best goalkeepers in the world like Girao, Nelson Filipe and Sergi Fernandez. hard to name just one.

So, what's it like playing for ADS?
ADS is a club in a small city call Sao Joao Da Madeira in the north of Portugal. The city lives and breaths sport but hockey is its main attraction, every game is jam packed with fans anywhere between 1000- 2000, there is never a quiet game with our super fans "FORÇA NEGRA" that sing the whole game. The stadium is amazing and its a joy to play for ADS. There's no place like the pier in Herne bay which no longer has a rink, but playing there will always be in my heart as it had so much character and was one of a kind. Playing hockey in Portugal is a dream come true.

 

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