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Damien Hayes dishes the dirt on his Portumna teammates

Portumna take on Na Piarsaigh in tomorrow’s AIB All-Ireland senior club hurling semi-final.

Portumna's Damien Hayes.
Portumna's Damien Hayes.
Image: Sportsfile

DAMIAN HAYES LINES out with his Portumna teammates in the AIB All-Ireland senior club hurling semi-final tomorrow.

They face Limerick outfit Na Piarsaigh in Semple Stadium where they will be bidding to reach their fifth All-Ireland final.

It’s been a great season of performances already by the Portumna squad with Galway senior hurler Hayes a key figure.

But we wanted him to dish the dirt and tell us what he really thinks of his teammates.

1. Toughest?

“The toughest man on our panel, I’d give that to Andy Smith.”

2. Fastest?

“Leo Smith, he’s lightning fast.”

3. Slowest?

“The slowest, I’ll go for Conor O’Hare.”

4. Biggest messer in the dressing-room?

“I’d say that’d be (Kevin) Chunky Hayes.”

5. Most skilful?

“Has to be Joe Canning.”

6. Most intelligent?

“Niall Hayes.”

7. Butt of the jokes in the squad?

“Eugene McEntee gets a good slagging.”


Eugene McEntee after Portumna’s win in the Galway county final last October
Pic: INPHO/Mike Shaughnessy

8. Worst dress sense?

“The lads would probably say me for that one!”

9. Worst dancer?

“Eoin Lynch gets that one.”

10. Biggest leader and motivator?

“There’s no one in particular really. The team as a whole get us going.”

11. Best trainer?

“Niall Hayes or Leo Smith would be the best lads to keep going.”

12. Worst trainer?

“Myself and Chunky Hayes are probably the worst there.”

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