Ballindine, Co. Mayo

Player Profiles

November 1, 2012

Player profile – Johnno Clarke

Player profile - Johnno Clarke

Johnno Clarke

Age: 22

Height: 5’11”

Weight: 12st 8lbs

Excellent attacking half back whose injury in last year’s county U-21 final probably cost Davitts the title. Played a big role at number 5 in the Intermediate team’s march to Croke Park last season. Working away this season has limited Johnno’s playing time on the Senior team but he contributed greatly to the Junior side reaching the County B Final in which we went down narrowly to Charlestown. Johnno is a great reader of the game who loves to go forward and usually gets onto the scoresheet.

Johnno is a big fan of classical music with Bach and Wagner among his favourite composers while Ear To The Ground, The Truth About Tractors, Saved By The Bell and Babestation are his favourite TV shows.

October 28, 2012

Player profile – Fearghal McGrath

Player profile - Fearghal McGrath

Fearghal McGrath

Age: 22

Height: 5’9”

Weight: 12st 6lbs

Fearghal is a top class forward, well able to win dirty ball, accurate with both feet and probably the best goal finisher in the club. Deceptively strong, this abrasive player loves the physical side of the game. He is a former Mayo minor and was a member of this year’s Mayo Junior panel along with clubmates Ronan MacNamara, Aidan McTigue and Josh Ronayne.

Fearghal plays anywhere in the forwardline but is probably most at home at full forward. He misses his legendary training ground battles with Frankie Lula, now in Australia.

October 23, 2012

Player profile – Kevin Gallagher

Player profile - Kevin Gallagher

Kevin Gallagher

Age 22

Height 5’9”

Weight 11st 5lbs

Kevin has made the number 4 jersey his own in the last couple of years. Possibly the fittest corner back in Mayo, he just loves training. He delivered some memorable displays in last season’s run to the All-Ireland final.

Kevin, also known as Diego, possesses a left and right foot but rarely kicks with either. He has yet to score for the club but it is his intention to do so at least once before he retires.

October 5, 2012

Player profile – Colm Roche

Player profile - Colm Roche

Colm Roche

Age 29

Height 5’ 9”

Weight 12st

Colm is a highly versatile player who has become one of the finest corner backs in Mayo club football. A fiercely competitive character, his reading of the game is second to none, making him a very tough opponent for the best of forwards. Colm played all of his underage football as an attacker and indeed can still attack, as the Ballymun Kickhams Sevens team can testify. He regularly marks Michael Conroy in training and Colm claims that this experience has made him a much better player (Michael that is!).

Together with his brothers Alan, Niall and Seamus, Colm has given years of dedicated service to Davitts on the playing field and has the ability to become an excellent administrator when he hangs up the boots (or before then).

September 18, 2012

Player profile – James Cummins

Player profile - James Cummins

James Cummins

Age 28

Height 5’11”

Weight 12st 8lbs

Hugely committed half back who just loves playing for his club. He has been a regular on the Davitts first team for the last ten years. Always gives 100% in matches and consequently has suffered numerous injuries in his career. James is a very effective player who reads the game well and models his own game on Cork’s outstanding wing back Noel O Leary, his favourite player. He claims to have taught Colm Boyle everything he knows about the finer points of wing back play.

There is nothing James enjoys better than a bit of hammering and nailing as he works as a carpenter, specialising in roofing (although he has recently turned his hand to plumbing).

In his spare time James is an avid fan of the The Jeremy Kyle show on TV and the music of Papa Roach….

September 6, 2012

Player profile – Michael Conroy (who?)

Player profile - Michael Conroy (who?)

Michael Conroy

Age: 27

Height: 5’10”

Weight: 13st

Shy, modest and hardworking are just three words you would never use to describe Davitts and Mayo’s star forward. On top of his game, this guy is unmarkable. He has blinding pace, strength, accuracy and the on field cuteness that all great forwards need to stand out from the rest.

Michael captained Davitts brilliantly in the run to last year’s All-Ireland Intermediate Final and deservedly picked up many individual accolades

including a string of man of the match awards on the way. A great talker, some of his team talks reduced teammates to tears, as did his speech at last year’s Dinner Dance. His form attracted the attention of Mayo senior team manager James Horan who recalled Michael and Colm Boyle and the rest is history, as both lads have justified their selection in style. An All-Ireland Under- 21 winner in 2006, Michael is now enjoying the build-up to his third All-Ireland Senior final for Mayo.

To rewind after a hard day’s work or after a tough training session, Michael loves listening to music. Possessing a lovely singing voice, his neighbours in Skevard regularly hear him singing along to his favourite songs, from artists such as James Blunt, The Pussycat Dolls, Ronan Keating and Jedward. Michael also loves to go to the gym to talk to other people as they work out and is a big fan of the TV show “The Inbetweeners”.

August 18, 2012

Player profile – Colm Boyle

Player profile - Colm Boyle

Colm Boyle

Age 26

Height 6’2”

Weight 12st 6lbs

Boyler, current star defender on the Mayo senior team, is an inspirational player for Davitts. A former Mayo minor captain, Colm won an All-Ireland U-21 winners medal in 2006. An aggressive, no nonsense and attacking defender now, he used to play most of his football in attack when he was younger. His competitive spirit is admirable and the affable Colm, as well as being a top player, is also a brilliant clubman and a great role model for the younger players in the club.

Very photogenic, he is regularly featured in the local and national papers due to his acrobatic antics on the pitch, thankfully other photos of Colm have not made the press (yet!). Boyler’s inter-county career has enjoyed resurgence since he moved into a house full of GAA legends last year. Household names like Conroy, McTigue, Nallen and Costello have all benefited from the advise they have received from housemate and sports psychologist Derry O Sullivan (equally photogenic!!!), who now doubles up as a motivator and dietician for Boyler, Michael Conroy and Aidan McTigue.

August 15, 2012

Player profile – Alan Roche

Player profile - Alan Roche

Alan Roche

Age: 36

Height: 5’11”

Weight: 13st

Rochie has been a fantastic servant to Davitts club for decades. A former Mayo senior star who’s tough no nonsense style of play has earned him great respect throughout the county and indeed further afield. Alan is an enthusiastic trainer and a keen timekeeper. He took a three year break from football in 2008 (also called retirement) but was thankfully persuaded back by Pete Warren and is arguably playing the best football of his career now. If he steers clear from injury there’s plenty of football life left in this old dog. In his spare time there’s nothing Alan enjoys better than chasing cattle around the plains of Kilvine or relaxing with a Smirnoff Ice in Bourkes of Irishtown.

July 1, 2012

Player profile – Liam Kearns

Player profile - Liam Kearns

Liam Kearns

Age 22

Height: 5’10”

Weight: 12st 5lbs

Skillful forward from a (football) crazy family. Son of club treasurer Billy and nephew of former greats Jimmy, Martin, Michael, Pat, Dandy and Peter. Liam, a former St. Colmans College star, is a fitness fanatic who loves training and, when he’s not studying, spends a lot of his spare time in the gym. Very quiet and shy character who does his talking on the pitch. Regularly mistaken for Niall Horan from One Direction, Liam also is a talented singer and songwriter and is one of the favourites for Jackie’s Got Talent.

June 19, 2012

Player profile – Keith Prendergast

Player profile - Keith Prendergast

Keith Prendergast

Age: 22

Height: 5’11”

Weight: 12st 6lbs

Keith is a talented midfielder or half forward. He is a good fielder and an excellent striker of the ball and has become a first team regular in the past couple of years. One of a number of players from the Skevard region, his neighbour Ronan Mac reckons that he has taught him everything he knows about football (and life) although Keith’s dad Louis makes the same claim. In his spare time Keith is an avid sports fan and enjoys watching synchronized swimming, women’s tennis and beach volleyball.

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