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Caoileann Conway Takes On The Mc Aleer and Rushe Q And A

Saturday 06.06.2020
Team Talk Mag
Club


Following Sean Teague’s appearance on the Monday night show, we visit Greencastle again as we feature Sperrin Óg and Tyrone defender Caoileann Conway taking on the Mc Aleer And Rushe Q and A.
1.Earliest GAA memory.
My earliest memory was probably the 2005 All Ireland final! I remember it distinctly because I was only 7 and I got locked in a bathroom in a bar!  Great day all round.
2. Was your family a traditional GAA family?
I’d be lying if I’d say my folks were massive ballers back in the day!  They enjoyed it but weren’t die hard fans.  None of my brothers and sister stuck at it into the later years so it’s safe to say my family wouldn’t have been a traditional GAA family.
3. The best GAA venue you have been to?
Aw has to be Croke Park of course with the memories I’ve had there.
4. School participation and/or success.
I was lucky enough to participate in primary school with the older girls being their goalkeeper.  After breaking my wrist I decided perhaps I needed a career change and moved into defence.  I went to Loreto Grammar School, where we were blessed with great coaches and top class players!  I was fortunate enough to be part of 3 Ulster A winning teams in Loreto, and was captain of the U16 team when we won the Ulster A Final and went all the way to the All Ireland A Final.  I received a Post primary Schools All Star award in my final year at Loreto where we competed for Ulster against the other provinces.  I then went off to the Ulster University, Coleraine.  In my first year there we won the Lagan Cup in 2018.  I was lucky enough to be awarded a Colours Sports award for that year from Ulster University for Fresher of the Year Coleraine and Magee campus.
5. Club/ County role models that you looked up to as a youth
Has to be Eimear Teague.  She was always roaring something and always up for the challenge.  I loved that about her.  I always remember when we would get a shift together early morning in Eddies and I would rattle her brain about all things football to see what I could get out of her to make myself better.  She always made me want to be a better player and I always wanted to develop drive and commitment like hers.
6. Other sports that you played or had an interest in.
I haven’t really wandered from Gaelic from when I decided to commit to it when I was about 14 when the choice between it and Irish Dancing become a real one! I had one brief year at netball at Loreto but that’s as exciting as it gets!
7. Most difficult opponent you have faced in club football and why?
It’s a tie between Gemma Begley and Maria Canavan.  Especially before playing with them at county and getting to know how they play, it was always a job given to me to mark them whenever their games came up.  Both incredibly smart players that somehow can make time stop when they’re on the ball and you feel like you’re a step behind them!
8. Best player you have ever seen play Gaelic football
Oh god it’s hard to say.  But I’m actually going to stay close to home and say Slainne McCarroll.  She seems to have a magic touch for dispossessing people as well as just making people get out of her way when she has the ball.  She is definitely a big inspiration and amazing to watch when she’s playing.  It’s mesmerising!
9. Are you a fan of the recent rule changes?
It’s always good to see changes and things being updated to keep the game every-changing and current and I can’t say I disagree with any of them.
10. The best GAA match that you ever saw.
So hard to say, I’m going to say Tyrone Ladies game against Sligo in the All Ireland Semi-Final 2018.  That game was a rollercoaster!
11. Are you a fan of academies/development squads? Why?
Any opportunity for children and teenagers to integrate and develop together is a good thing!  It allows more opportunities and insights to prepare for committing to senior football and learning what to expect but also to have fun and make new friends and get better at the game you love.
12. Your own involvement around the club.
I was an avid Scor goer in my time in Greencastle.  That took up most of my teenage years taking the dancing teams, being in the music group and the odd appearance in the quiz team.  As a county player in the club it’s so lovely to get to present to the children in the club now because you see how important it is to everyone.
13. How important is the GAA in your community?
Greencastle people bleed green and white!  The GAA is a massive part of our club and community, and it’s seen in everything the community does to be honest.  From underage right through to senior everyone is involved somehow from coaching, to parents driving their kids to training, to keeping the grounds and everything in between!  Greencastle boasts an amazing community that provides an amazing growth for GAA from a young age to give you the best possible chance to be your best.
14. Favourite county jersey (not Tyrone)
I really like the Limerick jersey, it’s probably because it’s green for Greencastle.
15. Are you a fan of penalties to decide the outcome of championship games?
It’s always unreal drama when games go to a replay, but at the same time things like that can cause real problems for fixtures and also the preparation of the players for the next game.  With all that taken into consideration, if anything it will just provide more excitement at games.
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