Five Minutes With

Five minutes with… Tyrone’s Emma McAliskey

Name: Emma McAliskey
Age: 25
Occupation: Accountant


Teams played for:

Derrylaughan, Tyrone, Ulster

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

David Beckham, Tom Hardy and Niall Horan

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

Usually we start in Falls’ & head onto McAleer’s but I’m looking forward to Catherine Devlin hosting the parties in future!

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

My da would have me out bagging peat.

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

Derrytresk had a season in Yankee’s field when their pitch was getting done up, it’s a well-named field!

Which character in any film are you most like?

Every Tuesday evening I turn into Coach Carter to manage the u-6s.

Any odd items in your kit bag?

I now take Ursula Coary’s approach, only a boot bag needed so no room for any odd items.

What’s your preferred brand of gear?

I’m still waiting on River Island to design camogie gear but until then, I’ll keep with the O’Neills & Adidas.

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

The captain Anna McCann & Niamh Coney are always up to something.

Which team mate has the best looking other half?

Bronagh Carney is always telling us how great Tam is!

Who is the worst trainer?

Caoimhe Rafferty – the nurse life.

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

We are always running late so never any time for a mirror – sure you would know to look at us!

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

Best – Emma Fitz – we are well used to each other after sharing a room in Belfast.
Worst – Siobhan McGrath – no sympathy for muscle cramps.

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

Emma McShane – best for craic but the worst too as the booster seat takes up too much room.

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

Best – Aisling Corr, she has the food inspo up on Snapchat most days.
Worst – I would be up there, too many chocolate buttons!

Toughest opponent you have faced?

I still can’t get the better of my mum.

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

Oonagh O’Neill always speaks before the big games, she offers both the best & worse quotes.

Best manager you’ve ever played under?

Gavan Duffy AND Clare Fitz brought us club success and Jacqui Clarke and Brid Devlin were the perfect good cop/bad cop combination in school.

Best ever performance?

The football free kick challenge in the garden! My brother and cousin still hear about it regularly.

One to forget?

Too many to name!

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

Henry Shefflin

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

Shona Reilly’s transfer home from Melbourne, Shannon Graham, Slaughtneil & Shauna Jordan, Eglish



***Picture used with permission from TeamTalk magazine.

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