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Darren Devlin Under the Spotlight

Wednesday 08.04.2020
Team Talk Mag
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This weeks Intermediate Player Profile in association with Loughtec is Stewartstown man Darren Devlin.

1. Earliest GAA Memory

Winning the 7s tournament in the Rock.

2. Was your family a traditional GAA family?

My family have always been involved in the GAA. All my siblings have played for Stewartstown, and my daddy was a player on the Stewartstown Senior team that won the Ulster Intermediate Championship and got to the All Ireland Final.

3. Sibling Involvement or Success?

Played alongside my brother Cathal and won many titles at underage level.

4. School Participation and/or Success

Won a county title and an U16 vocational schools final with St Joseph’s Coalisland.  I was awarded a Vocational Schools All Star.  Also won the Markey Cup with Holy Trinity College.

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

Gareth Devlin (Manies) – I think everyone looked up to him. There wasn’t much he couldn’t do on the field (Including getting a red card). Conor Gormley – He is a real good solid defender.

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

I like to play golf in whatever spare time I have away from Gaelic.

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

I have played against many a tough opponent, but I’m going to have to stick with my own club man and say Dan Lowe. He puts me through my paces at training.

8. Best player you have ever seen play Gaelic Football

Dean Rock. He’s a top quality player and he never misses.

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

Not particularly. I think a few of them have stopped the free flow of the game.

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

Get rid of the black card/sin bin rule.

11. Are you a fan of the Academies/Development squads?

Yes, it allows players to get coached at a high level and gives an insight into the intensity of County football. It gives them an opportunity to better themselves.

12. Your own involvement around the club

I have coached a few teams at underage level and refereed at the underage mini games.

13. How important is the GAA in your community?

The GAA is so important within the community of Stewartstown. As we are such a small town, things like the GAA is what brings everyone together.

14. Favourite County Jersey (Not Tyrone)

Going by this years it would have to be Kerry.

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

Definitely not. I don’t think it’s fair to put so much pressure on one player.




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