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Peter Teague In The Q + A Hotseat

Thursday 09.04.2020
Team Talk Mag
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Dromore defender and current O’Neills / TTM Allstar Peter Teague is the senior club player in the spotlight this week in association with Murphys Gloves.

1. Earliest GAA Memory

In the Cusack Stand at Croke Park in 2004 when Tyrone played Galway. The ball went into the crowd and someone got it and threw it down to me and I kicked it back into Philip Jordan.

2. Was your family a traditional GAA family?

They were to an extent. My mother played camogie for Augher while my dad played school football and underage football for Dromore.

3. Sibling involvement and/or success?

My two older brothers Aaron and Matthew played up to U16 level for Dromore winning County Feile medals.

4. School participation and/or success.

I won quite a few Vocational Schools titles with St.Johns Dromore. I then moved to Omagh CBS to do my A levels and unfortunately lost out in MacCormack and MacRory Finals to St.Pauls Bessbrook and St.Pats Maghera respectively.

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

From a club and County perspective I have always looked up to Ryan McMenamin and what he achieved playing football. Eoin McCusker is another great role model in our club that I would look up to. He is my next door neighbour and was Captain of the 2011 championship winning team.

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

I like most sports. I played rugby for Omagh Accies and U15 for Ulster but when it came down to making a decision about playing only one sport it was an easy decision to make.

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

I would say its Conor O’Donnell of Omagh. He has great movement and is very fast and he is a player who knows where the posts are.

8. Best player you have ever seen play Gaelic football

It would have to be Dublin midfielder Brian Fenton. The fact that he has never lost a championship game at County level says it all. He is a great player and very agile for a big man.

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

No. They aren’t good from a defenders point of view and I think that they could take away from a one on one situation which I think is one of the highlights of the game, trying to dispossess an opponent. They also put extra unnecessary pressure on referees.

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

From a club point of view I would love to see a more structured set of fixtures and not have gaps between games such as last year when we had to wait eight weeks between games. In terms or the rules I would leave well enough alone and not tinker with them.

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

Yes I am. I was lucky to be involved in them at underage level and it lets you know where you are at in terms of your peers and makes you realise what you have to improve on. It also gives you an opportunity to work under different coaches and in my time I had Tar Lynch and Gavin Devlin who were both superb.

12. Your own involvement around the club.

Apart from playing I have taken U8 sides and last year I was with the U14 side. It’s something that I really love although it’s very time consuming especially when you are playing senior club football.

13. How important is the GAA in your community?

The GAA is everything in Dromore. You only have to look at the current situation and the work that the club, men and women, are doing to help the aged people or people who can’t get out and about at the moment.

14. Favourite county jersey (not Tyrone)

Sligo

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

No. There has to be a better way to decide the outcome of a game. Further extra time should be played until there is a winner or you could play next score wins. If there was a penalty shootout I would step forward to take one if required but I think they shouldn’t be used.

 

 

 

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