Life in Lockdown – Gareth Harvey

With rugby taking an enforced break due to the Covid 19 outbreak, our Media Intern Tobias Hunt took the opportunity to catch up with Hooker Gareth Harvey to find out how he’s coped during lockdown..

Bridgend Ravens Hooker Gareth Harvey expects the Ravens to ‘climb the table’ next season.

‘I expect us to give 100% all year, even when we lose, we should know we gave it our all. Personally, I hope I can play consistently well and do my job to the best of my ability and lead by example.’

Harvey has been productive during lockdown, ‘I’ve painted the house and cleaned out my garage, I’ve put a gym in there now and I’m just trying to keep busy and train as much as I can.’

The Ravens were 12th in the Indigo Group Welsh Premiership before the cancellation of the season due to the Coronavirus outbreak. Harvey explained, ‘The season was very up and down, we had some really good performances the one week and we didn’t turn up the following week, it was like we needed to get in the habit of winning.

We lost seven or eight games very late which really put our confidence down. However, we knew we could compete, I think it was more of a mental problem to perform.’

‘As a team there were a handful of really good performances. The two that really stick out for me were Merthyr and Swansea at home. We were like mad men for those games, we were really up for it.’

Harvey was awarded the Player’s Player of the Year award alongside Dewi Cross in the Ravens Virtual Awards Evening. He has now won this award two seasons running, ‘Winning it twice means everything to me. I just aim to play well and win, I’m so overwhelmed to be honest. It motivates me to keep getting better, my confidence is high, and I aim to keep it going.’


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