The Schull soccer star signed his first pro contract with Cork City in 2018 and has his sights set on becoming the club’s table tennis champion
Q. If you could relive one sporting moment from the past year, what would it be and why?
Personally, it has to be making my league debut for Cork City in front of a near-packed Tallaght Stadium, playing as the away team with the fans on your back; that was an unreal experience.
Q. Ballineen’s Phil Healy is the fastest Irish woman of all-time – but who is the fastest person you know and would they beat Phil given a 20-metre head-start in a 100m race?
I’d stick Scott O’Meara in. I’d love to see his reaction of losing a race and lowering his confidence a small bit!
Q. What will you miss most about 2018?
Well, I won’t miss the driving up and down to Cork three times a week, that’s for sure! Red-ass with the lads during break at school and underage soccer.
Q. Who do you think is West Cork’s biggest sports star?
Gary and Paul O’Donovan – but only if they count as one. If they don’t go together, I’d give it to Conor Hourihane. Seeing what he did with Barnsley and now Aston Villa and also getting a few international caps, it’s a brilliant achievement. He is someone I’d be looking to follow in the footsteps of in the future.
Q. World rowing champions Gary and Paul O’Donovan are quick on the water – but who would win a shot putt contest between the two, and why?
Both have their own strengths, Paul has the brains and tactics for it whereas Gary has the strength and power. I’ll have to call this a draw as they work so well together and they wouldn’t be able to compete against each other.
Q. If you could go for New Year’s drinks with three sports people – local, national or international – who would you pick?
I’d pick Paul Pogba, Jimmy Bullard and Conor McGregor. All would provide great craic and would guarantee a good/memorable night out.
Q. What local sports star should we keep an eye on next year?
Denzil Fernandez. No pressure now, Denz!
Q. Conor McGregor – yesterday’s man or still relevant?
Still relevant. Great entertainer and fighter but maybe he’d be better off with just a bit less talking and more fighting.
Q. A penguin and a polar bear fight in the forest. There’s no one around to watch. The penguin walks out victorious. How did he win?
Was it the penguin from the Batman movies? He was a villain and killed people. Enough said.
Q. Finish this sentence: In 2019 I want to …
to keep improving my game every day, get as much game time as possible and take it from there, and also become champion of the table tennis table at Cork City.