Derrygonnelly player Brenda Bannon looks at some of her opponents…
Name: Brenda Bannon.
Teams played for: There are quite a few I’m always on the move! Home club: Aghadrumsee, St Macartan’s, county: Fermanagh ladies, current club: Derrygonnelly Harps. Secondary school: St. Eugene’s, Roslea, Mount Lourdes Grammar School, Enniskillen, HE GAA: University of Ulster, Jordanstown, past clubs: Stabannon Parnells, Louth, overseas clubs: Southern Districts, Perth, WA, John Mitchell’s, Liverpool, St Bridgid’s, GAA, Chicago.
Who are your main rivals?
With county we’ve had great battles with Antrim and Limerick this year. With the club, Kinawley, Newtownbutler and ourselves have had some tough clashes.
Which opposition ground do you like playing on and why?
Ederney, St Joseph’s. It is immaculate; in the pits of October rainfall the surface makes fast summer football possible.
Which opposition ground do you dislike going to and why?
Garrison always seems like a trek!
What team have you enjoyed the most success against?
Kinawley, league final in 2022.
Which team have you enjoyed least success against?
Antrim, Ulster and All-Ireland finals in 2022.
Which opposition player have you enjoyed marking?
No one really, I try and let them worry about me.
Which opposition player have you disliked marking?
Roisin McDonald my sister-in-law to be. Always chatting, ‘Aidy this and Aidy that!’
Which player would you transfer in from a team you have come up against?
Michelle Guckian, Leitrim. She’d offer a whole new attacking dynamic with her fielding, ball-winning ability and scoring off both feet. She’s impossible to match up against given her physicality and power.
Which team, apart from your own, do you like to see do well and why?
Aghadrumsee, St Macartan’s – my home club, I have heaps of childhood friends on the team.
What’s the most frustrating defeat you have experienced?
Losing by a point in extra-time in the championship final with the club in 2021.
What’s the most satisfying victory you have experienced?
Winning a championship semi-final with Stabannon Parnell’s on free-kicks after what felt like playing for hours.
What is the best score you’ve seen from an opponent?
Team-mate Lynne McFredrick pings 45s off the ground regularly at training.
Which team, apart from your own, do you expect big things of in the coming years?
Belcoo, that team is dotted with amazing talent.
Best opponent for post-match hospitality?
We got a healthy food truck after a game in Steelstown in Derry one time! Beats moist wraps anyway!
Which club, apart from your own, has the most impressive facilities?
Ederney, St Joseph’s and Roslea Shamrocks in Fermamanagh and Erin’s Own, Lavey in Derry.