Callum O’Neill: “You’re liable to catch a flying elbow very easily”

ARMAGH and Belleeks player Callum O’Neill has a look at those he has played alongside…

Name: Callum O’Neill.

Age: 25.

Teams played for:
St Laurence O’Tooles, Belleeks GAC, Armagh GAA, Abbey CBS, Newry, Queen’s University, Belfast and Chicago Wolfe Tones.

Earliest GAA memory?
Demanding to go straight from the airport after summer holidays to play an u-10 game in thunder and lightning sticks in the mind.

Which team-mate has been the most inspirational and why?
Was always trying to keep up with Fearghus Quinn coming up through the club and playing for school and county teams.

Who’s the best team-mate to train with and why?
Aidan Forker. High standards.

Which team-mate is the worst to train with and why?
Joe McElroy. Non-stop running.

Which team-mate do you want to mark in training and why?
Sean McCreesh – couldn’t get out of his own way.

Which team-mate do you dread marking in training and why?
Shane McPartlan – liable to catch a flying elbow very easily.

Best score you’ve seen from a team-mate?
Justin Kieran against Tyrone in the Ulster U-20 Championship – outside of the boot king.

What win has your team celebrated the most?
Armagh Junior Championship final in 2021.

Which team-mate is the best on journeys away?
~Sean McCreesh always has a few sweets about the car.

Which club is the worst for journeys away?
Ballyhegan – trying to find it in the middle of an orchard.

What’s the funniest thing you’ve heard in training or in a match, and who said it?
A former club manager used to love referring to championship as “die dog or sh**e the licence.”

What’s the worst excuse you’ve heard to get out of training?
Drew McVerry couldn’t train the other week because he bit his fingernail too much. That was a first.

Which team-mate is the loudest in the changing room?
Aaron McKay – only when Arsenal are going well.

Which team-mate would you want standing over a last-second penalty?
Rian O’Neill.

Which team-mate would you never want to see hitting a last-second penalty?
Sean McCreesh – poor record with these….

Which team-mate is the most sensible?
Peter McGrane.

Who is the smartest of all your team mates?
Dr Patrick McVerry.

Who’s the best team mate to celebrate with?
Drew McVerry. Falls asleep quick enough so you don’t have to listen to him for long.

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