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Beragh’s Cathal Owens Takes The 1-15 Challenge

Tuesday 23.03.2021
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1: Who or what first got you into the GAA? My parents would have got me into GAA. Dad would have been a big player for Beragh (so he says) over the years and as soon as I was able to go to training I was left at the pitch.

2: Who has been the biggest influence on your career? Again my parents, they have always been very supportive of me playing for Beragh. A mention has to go to all the coaches I had growing up during the years too

3: Who has been your most difficult opponent and why? I would have to say Kevin Gallagher from Newtonstewart (Naomh Eoghan). I would have had the task to mark him over the years and it was always a tough battle.

4: Apart from your home club, which club ground in Tyrone do you most enjoy playing on?  There are so many good pitches over Tyrone now. I know it’s not a club ground but we played our home games last year in Garvaghey and the pitches there are fantastic.

5: Most memorable or inspiring words of advice you have ever heard in a changing room? I can accept failure, everyone fails at something….but I can’t except not trying – Mattie Mc Sorley ( he must have been watching the Michael Jordan documentary when he said it).

6: Club volunteer of note? At the minute Beragh is lucky to have so many great club Volunteers from the likes of lisa Rodgers, the Boyles, Jet, Michael McCann, Hugh Mc Aleer, Brian McCartan, the Farleys’ just to name a few. So I feel it’s not fair to name just the one.

7: How is your club currently ensuring it is playing its part in the community?  The last year has been tough for everyone and the club has made a big effort to try and help out with the local community whether it was pick and collect with groceries, picking up litter around the community or offering help to people that are struggling with their mental health. We have introduced a new lighted walkway around the facilities and this gives people a safe space to get their daily walk in.

8: Are there other sports you enjoy playing or have a keen interest in? I started to play a bit of soccer 2 weeks before the second lockdown was imposed, so I don’t know if that is a sign to give up or not but I really enjoyed those few training sessions. So I might keep that up when things reopen.

9: Which county side, if any, looks capable of defeating Dublin in the championship? They look a formidable force and have been over the past decade but with Kerry winning 5 all ireland minors in a row I think they could be the team to stop them. Of course I wouldn’t rule out Tyrone with new management and a few key men back. The two teams I mentioned got knocked out early in last year’s championship so they will want to prove a point this year.

10: How would you describe your own involvement in the club? Could be better, but I have been helping out with the U16s for the past few years with Barry Grimes and a few other club players. Beragh have put a big emphasis into underage football over the past 10 years and you can see how much the younger players at the club have developed in that time. I might as well add that the club is doing an online competition at the minute so feel free to buy a ticket, some great prizes 👍🏼

11: What rules, if any, would you like to see implemented or changed in the modern game? I wouldn’t be a fan of the advanced Mark as it can give the forward too much of an advantage. Maybe they can look into improving fixture scheduling for club players as over the years we have been left with 2 months without a game over the summer months.

12: If there was a transfer market in GAA, what club player in the same division as you would you like to see playing for your club and why? Again some great players in Division 2 but I’ll go for Cahir McCullagh from Greencastle. Played them a few years ago and he was extremely hard to stop.

13: Any superstitions or routines that you use on match days? Not really, would have always blamed it for an excuse if we got beat then.

14: Do you have a favourite training drill or one that you dread hearing the coach say is coming next? I’m going to say any shooting drill, some people might agree it’s my worst.. The worst would be any running drill

15:  Last year’s club championships were very competitive, what are your predictions for the championship winners across all three divisions. Junior – it’s hard to tell, some great teams there. You have the likes of Urney, Cookstown and Castlederg who all were playing intermediate football two years ago and then if Kildress don’t get up it will leave junior football too close to call. If I had to pick from them teams I would go with Cookstown …..

Intermediate – intermediate is a division where any team can beat anyone on their day but if I had to pick I would go with Aghyaran. They have great players all over the field so I fancy them.

Senior – Coalisland. They have a good mixture of experience and youth. They were unlucky last year against Trillick and I think they will make amends from last year.



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