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Beragh’s Mattie McSorley Answers Back

Wednesday 15.04.2020
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Mattie McSorley – Beragh

1. Earliest GAA memory 

Lacing up a pair of brand new blue and black f50’s at my first summer camp in the old St Mary’s changing rooms.

2. Was your family a traditional GAA family?

My Da told me he was the Reserve captain and I’ve played plenty of Reserve football, so if you can count that as tradition. He could have been lying about that though.

3. Sibling involvement or success?

Younger Brother Ben 22 has probably played nearly every minute of senior football for Beragh since his first season but he isn’t as good as me.

4. School participation and/or success?

St Ciarans College :Tyrone vocational schools 1st Year B blitz champions, 2nd Year B blitz champions, 3rd Year C blitz champions. I was Captain of that team.

5. Club/ County role models that you looked up to as a youth?

Was always a big Chris lawn fan for the county and Eddie Molloy and Damian Meenagh for club.



6. Other sports that you played or had an interest in?

Play soccer for Mountfield Fc and played American Football for the Birmingham Bulls for a while when I lived there.

7. Most difficult opponent you have faced in club football and why?

Brian Dooher in a Reserve game in Clann na nGael, he come on at the same time as me in the senior game as well – lost both.

8. Best player you have ever seen play Gaelic football?

Jack Campbell no doubt

9. Are you a fan of the recent rule changes?

No, I wouldn’t want to be a ref put it that way

10. One suggestion that you think might improve the game?

Buzzer like they do in basketball, ladies and Australian rules to call time at half or at the end of the game.

11. Are you a fan of academies/development squads? Why?

Yes I am. They have developed fine players like Niall Kelly, Sparky Kavanagh, Ben McDonnell, Ryan McAnespie, Johnny Woods etc.. so must be doing a good job.

12. Your own involvement around the club.

Hand out the water bottles/help Corny and Ruairi O’Neill with the Under 16’s or Jose and Pep as I call them.

13.How important is the GAA in your community?

Massively important. The size and quality of the community hub, changing rooms, handball alleys etc in Beragh says it all really. The rate the WhatsApp group is going atm is also showing how much we all miss it too.

14. Favourite county jersey (not Tyrone)

Kerry 2nd kit the blue one.

15. Are you a fan of penalties to decide the outcome of championship games?

No. Should be first to 3 points or a straight goal wins it, in a 10 minute each away extra time period. Replay if unable to get to three. Imagine it’s 2 each and kicking the point to win an All Ireland final in extra time or a walk off win after scoring a goal.


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