Ballindine, Co. Mayo

February 11, 2012

Panel Pen Pics – Excerpt from this week’s Mayo News

Mark Diskin

Age 40. Former stalwart club midfielder who came out of retirement to fill the goalkeeping position. Confident and assured, Disco appears to be getting better with age. Some say he is “rock” solid but others think he is just “stone” mad.

Colm Roche

Age 28. Attacker cum defender who has made the number 2 jersey his own this season. Excellent reader of the game who is currently playing the football of his life. Looks out for his big brother on the field.

Alan Roche

Age 36. Rochie was coaxed of of retirement by Peter Warren. Has made the full back position his own in the absence of Frankie Barrett and the former Mayo senior star uses his strength and experience to great effect. Very accurate when he goes forward and once scored a point for Davitts…years ago!

Kevin Gallagher

Age 21. Like Colm Roche, Diego is fast becoming one of the outstanding corner backs in Mayo football. Super athlete that has broken the hearts of many corner forwards throughout this fantastic season. Rarely loses his man but his t-shirt? Well that’s another story.

Johnno Clarke

Age 21. Attacking wing back who regularly finds himself in good scoring positions. Very laid back character but a very effective player for the club. Strictly Come Dancing enthusiast.

Colm Boyle

Age 25. On the pitch, Boyler is an inspirational leader, brave as a lion, fit as a fiddle and as cranky as a bag of weasels. A marvellous clubman who is a great role model for the younger players. Recently recalled to the Mayo senior panel.

James Cummins

Age 27. Tidi is a fiercely competitive wing back who has a total disregard for his own personal safety on the field. Spirited, stout hearted and bubbly character, since his recent career change.

Ronan McNamara

Age 28. Overcame serious injuries to star at midfield this year. Great fielder and superb long range freetaker. Forms a very uncompromising midfield partnership with PC. His pointed 95 metre free kick was a feature of this years Mayo Intermediate Championship final.

Paul Carey

Age 29. PC is having his best season to date in the Red and Black. Huge appetite for work and currently fitter than at any stage of his career. Another no nonsense merchant on the field…and off it! Dangerous man on a bike.

Keith Prendergast

Age 21. Very talented player that captained the U-21 team this year. Prender is having a great season. A member of the Skevard mafia and son of former Davitts star player, Louis.

David McDonagh

Age 35. Dowie is a vastly experienced player who has given years of great service to the club. A big goal threat who also scores the odd spectacular point. Has never lost a game at Croke Park.

Pat Coyne

Age 36. Coyner has played in a number of positions for the club but has settled in well at number 12 this season. A terrific fielder and an intelligent footballer. Was an important cog in his uncle Michael D’s presidential campaign machine.

Aidan McTigue

Age 25. McFly is a speed merchant whose trickery on the ball causes defenders all sorts of problems. Also excels at darts and regularly gets mistaken for Phil Taylor.

Fergal McGrath

Age 21. Strong, good ball winner and lethal finisher. Very intelligent player who relishes the physical side of the game. A closet fan of Home And Away.

Michael Conroy

Age 27. Team captain who has been a revelation this season. Recalled to the Mayo Senior panel following a string of exceptional performances for his club. Modest and shy character recently visited by the tooth fairy!

Frankie Barrett

Age 25. Very talented defender who emigrated to Australia after helping Davitts win the Connaught title. Lula returned in the last few weeks to give the club a massive boost before the All-Ireland final.

David Mitchell

Age 18. Sub goalie and the baby of the squad. St. Colmans College keeper and a bright prospect. Excellent shotstopper.

Keith Glynn

Age 22. Former Mayo minor captain whose footballing career has been plagued with injuries. Excellent midfielder or forward who is now working as a male model in London.

Carlos O Gara

Age 30. This Brian Dooher lookalike is a hardworking forward who will always give his all. Regular winner of the most exotic name in the club.

Martin Cosgrove

Age 24. Cossy has featured in defence in every championship game so far. A speedy and hugely committed defender. Mike Denver fan.

Liam Kearns

Age 21. Very talented and accurate forward who is often mistaken for Niall from his favourite band One Direction.

Seamus Roche

Age 27. Third member of the Roche family in the squad. Tough forward with a very accurate left foot.

Michael Waldron

Age 19. Versatile young player who can play in a number of positions. Great fielder and an aspiring successor to Frank Hyland as club chairman.

Mark Ronayne

Age 18. Outstanding captain of this seasons excellent minor team. Will be a leading player for the club for many years to come. (is that him on the AIB poster?)

Josh Ronayne

Age 19. Very talented two footed attacker. Super athlete with a big future ahead of him for both club and county. Eurovision fan.

Michael Ronayne

Age 23. Defender who reads the game exceptionally well “mopping” up any danger that comes his way.

Shane Mitchell

Age 22. Midfielder who captained the club’s U-21 team last year. Gutted when the Spice Girls broke up.

Tommy Mitchell

Age 21. Wholehearted player and brother of David and Shane. Was once auditioned for Bawnmore’s got talent.

John Heneghan

Age 21. Outstanding midfielder for the U-21 team this year. His hobbies include bird watching, bird watching and bird watching.

Jason Connolly

Age 18. Minor star who has a big future ahead of him in the Davitts colours. Another Mike Denver fan.

Laurence Daly

Age 22. Committed defender who is also an accomplished horseman. From a football mad family.

Richie Kilkenny

Age 21. Goalpoacher supreme and the youngest member of the most eco friendly family in the parish.

Luke Ronayne

Age 28. Versatile player who has picked himself in a number of positions on the junior team.

Pat Hopkins

Age 28. Junior team captain and Pete Warren’s pet. Won the best turned out award on the St. Stephen’s Day cycle.


Ja Trench

Quiet, calm, meticulous, deep thinking selector who gives the job 100% commitment. The players know they can’t pull the wool over his eyes.

John Treacy

Not as quiet and calm as Ja but just as dedicated. Former star player for the club. His wife Olive is the club’s physio while his sons Shane, Cian, Niall and Ciaran are football mad and rarely miss a training session or match.

Peter Warren

We have ran out of superlatives to describe this man in Ballindine and Irishtown. The former Galway selector has turned the whole club around since his arrival last year. A legend.

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