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Five minutes with Monaghan’s Dessie Ward

Name: Dessie Ward
Age: 22
Occupation: Student

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Teams played for:

Ballybay Pearse Brothers and Monaghan

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

Conor Mc Gregor and my Granddad Dessie Ward

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

Stookies Bar Ballybay

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

Playing Golf

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

Cremartin on Shamrock cup final day 2015 was pretty awful

Which character in any film are you most like?

It’s not a film but I like to think it’d be Tommy Shelby from the Peaky Blinders.

Any odd items in your kit bag?

Rosary beads and lucky boxers

What’s your preferred brand of gear?

Nike and Gaelic performance

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

Ballybay- Sean Gorman
Monaghan- Paudy Mc Kenna… at least he thinks he is

Which team mate has the best looking other half?

Ryan Wylie

Who is the worst trainer?

Cess, sunshine man

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

James Mealiff, he has a mirror in his kit bag in case there’s none in the dressing room

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

Best- Ryan Mc Anespie, always good for bringing a packet of biscuits.

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

Worst: Micheál Bannigan, always talking about his ex.

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

Best – Drew Wylie, he hates Mc Donalds. Worst – Fintan Kelly, forever in fancy restaurants.

Toughest opponent you have faced?

Niall Carney, Celbridge

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

‘If you do as you have always done, you will get what you have always got. Be the difference’ Barry Kerr.

Best manager you’ve ever played under?

Cillian Mc Aviney U16 2011.

Best ever performance?

Ulster Minor Semi final 2013 v Cavan

One to forget?

Nationals schools county final against Latton N.S where we were beat by a point.

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

Paul Finlay

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

Diarmuid Connolly in, wouldn’t put anyone out

John Morrison says good teams learn how to impose themselves on their opponents.

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