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Macs Ace Chloe Mc Caffrey Takes 1-15 Challenge

Wednesday 17.03.2021
Team Talk Mag


1 Who or what first got you into the GAA?

I was a bit of a late comer to the GAA and didn’t join St Macartan’s until I was 10 or 11, I always enjoyed playing football in the back garden with my cousins before joining the club. I have to give a mention to Cecilia Hackett who worked in the primary school for noticing my ability to play and she made sure mummy took me to St Macs underage training on a Saturday morning. I haven’t looked back since and I’m glad she made that call.

2: Who has been the biggest influence on your career?

The biggest influence in my career would have to be Ryan McMenamin. I first started playing for the seniors when he took over as manager 6 years ago and he is constantly helping me improve as a player every year. What he has done for us as a team this past few years has been brilliant and we will always be grateful for that. In saying that, some of the nicknames he comes out with in training are questionable.

3: Who has been your most difficult opponent and why?

Meabh Corrigan from Errigal Ciaran is always a difficult opponent to face. Although, when it comes to training SlaineMcCarroll and Niamh McGirr are as difficult as you would get. I spend most of the time running after them when they should be running after me!

4: Apart from your home club, which club ground in Tyrone do you most enjoy playing on? 

I always enjoy playing on Killyclogher’s pitch. Their pitch is always in great shape and we had a lot of success on that pitch.

5: Most memorable or inspiring words of advice you have ever heard in a changing room?

Work harder than the team next door and the result will take care of itself.

6: Club volunteer of note?

Yvonne Keenan, she is our club secretary. She does a serious amount of work for the club and is always providing a helping hand.

7: How is your club currently ensuring it is playing its part in the community? 

We are lucky to have some great members in our club who organise different events for the community. Two of our senior players, Maire Treanor and Elisha have been doing ‘relax kids’ for the underage players over zoom during the lockdown. There have been different workshops such as ‘gardening for beginners’ and mindfulness programmes for the adults in the community organised by Maura McMenamin.

8: Are there other sports you enjoy playing or have a keen interest in? 

I would enjoy the odd game of handball. Cloideach Donaghy and I won an Ulster doubles medal without having to play a game!

9: Which county side, if any, look capable of defeating Dublin in the championship?

I think Cork aren’t too far away from Dublin but in saying that Dublin are a brilliant outfit and their work rate off the ball is something else so they could dominate until other teams match their work rate.

10: How would you describe your own involvement in the club?

As I have got a bit older, I’ve started to get more involved with the underage teams. I coach the u14s along with Elisha and Tara-meabh, I think its important to encourage the younger girls coming through as they have loads of potential. Lynda Donnelly also roped me into the responsibility of the club’s twitter account somehow. In terms of the social gatherings, I would give Aoife McNelis a hand organising them.

11. What rules, if any, would you like to see implemented or changed in the modern game?

In ladies football I’d like to see a bit more contact allowed as it would make the game a lot more exciting.

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? 

I would like so see a good friend of mine Cloideach Donaghy playing for us because she would be wild craic on a night out after a game.

13. Any superstitions or routines that you have or use on match days? 

Not really no, we just make sure Elishia Woods is the driver to the matches.

14. Do you have a favourite training drill or one that you dread hearing the coach say is coming next?

I would be a big fan of small, conditioned games but would dread Ricey shouting the three-man weave.  

15. Last year’s club championships were very competitive, what are your predictions for the championship winners across all three divisions this year?

Senior- Carrickmore will be looking to make their mark again in senior football after running away with the Double at Intermediate last year.

Intermediate – Trillick and Edendork seem to be the teams to watch and they both seemed to hold their own against Carmen last year.

Junior Coalisland, they seemed to be scoring goals for fun last year.



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