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Five minutes with … Antrim’s Dermot McAleese

Name: Dermot McAleese Dermot McAleese
Age: 22
Occupation: Student

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Teams played for:

Roger Casements Portglenone, Queens and Antrim

If you were throwing a party and you could invite anyone in the world, dead or alive, who would you ask around?

Lupee Fiasco to play ‘show goes on’ on repeat, John Bishop and George Best.

Where do you like to go out to celebrate after a big victory?

Usually down to Portglenone social club, Brian McManus usually has a good few drinks promos for the lads.

If you weren’t playing GAA what would you be at?

Playing soccer probably.

What’s the worst pitch you’ve ever played on?

Aldergrove

Which character in any film are you most like?

Brick Tamland (Anchorman)- “I love lamp”

Any odd items in your kit bag?

Just the usual stuff.

What’s your preferred brand of gear?

Adidas for boots usually, PGA gloves and clubmouthgaurds.com for gumshields

Who’s the biggest joker in the teams you play for?

Michael Kelly and Big Bryan McCann for Portglenone, never stuck for an answer.

Which team mate has the best looking other half?

Niall Kelly’s other half is a 10/10.

Who is the worst trainer?

Big Ricky Johnston does the bare minimum, think he’d admit that himself!

Who spends most time in front of the mirror in the dressing room?

Conal Delargy, suspiciously always has a perfect tan

Who’s the best/worst person to share a room with on away trips?

I’m usually in with Niall Delargy, not much noise from him so suits me! Mick McCann is a sleep walker apparently, so best to stay well away from him.

Who’s the best/worst person to sit beside on the team bus?

Worst is Micky Armstrong, always cheating at Jack Change it

Who has the best and who has the worst diet on the team, and what does it include?

Niall Delargy’s would be the worst, seems to get by on a diet of oven chips and chicken goujons. Best would have to be Mark Sweeny!

Toughest opponent you have faced?

Jack McCaffery, scarily quick!

Best or worst quote you’ve heard, either from a manager, player, opponent?

Niall Kelly’s motto of “kick her in hi, and if that doesn’t work, kick it in higher”. A cert to be Portglenones youngest ever manager.

Best manager you’ve ever played under?

James McCartan Queens

Best ever performance?

Winning Under 12 county v StGalls, scored half of our four points!

One to forget?

Limerick in the qualifiers last year

When you were playing in the back garden, who did you pretend to be?

Kevin Madden and Sean Cavanagh

If there was a transfer market who’d be in and who’d be out of the team?

Diarmuid Connelly and Aidan O’Shea in. Decy Doc would get the boot!

John Hughes explains that the Saffron players aren't just playing for the jersey.

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