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Éamon Fennell dishes the dirt on his St Vincent’s teammates

Fennell and St Vincent’s take on Ulster champions Ballinderry in the AIB All-Ireland Club SFC semi-finals tomorrow.

Vincent's celebrate their Leinster SFC title - but will they be smiling against Ballinderry tomorrow?
Vincent's celebrate their Leinster SFC title - but will they be smiling against Ballinderry tomorrow?
Image: ©INPHO/Donall Farmer

THEY HAVE BEEN through a lot together this season — but what are the St Vincent’s lads really like?

The Marino club take on Ulster champions Ballinderry in the AIB All-Ireland Club SFC semi-finals tomorrow.

We grabbed a quick word with midfielder Éamon Fennell and asked him for the lowdown on his team-mates.

1. Toughest?

“Eoin Brady, easily. He’s old-school, no gloves in the rain. A hardy man.”

2. Fastest?

“I’d say Diarmuid Connolly or Ruairi Trainor… Ruairi Trainor. He’s a Ferrari and I’m a Lada.”

3. Slowest?

“The slowest would be Ciarán Dorney.”

4. Biggest messer in the dressing-room?

“Ger Brennan without a shadow of a doubt. For the captain, he’s created the most havoc out of everyone — Deep Heat in boxers, filling people’s shower gel with the wrong stuff. He’s good fun to have around.”

Ger Brennan Brennan: the class clown. Source: INPHO/Cathal Noonan

5. Most skilful?

“Diarmuid, without a shadow of a doubt. It’s natural skill. He’s naturally both-footed, he’s quick, he’s agile. He’s a ridiculous human being basically.”

6. Most intelligent?

“Oh… there’s a hard one. Ben Quigley. He’s a young lad and to be honest, I can’t even pronounce what he’s studying. That says it all.”

7. Butt of the jokes in the squad

“All of the Diamonds, every single one of them. There’s about four on the team and we rip into them the whole time. Because the four of them live in the same house it’s tit-for-tat between them, and then we all chime in and stir it up good and proper.”

8. Worst dress sense?

“Hugh Gill. He’s awful. He thinks he’s really slick, skinny jeans for everything. He’s a man who prides himself on his looks and tries too hard. I’m sure he’d put me in that category myself.”

9. Worst dancer?

“We’re not a team of good dancers, there’s definitely a few bad ones there. I think I could be the worst but I’d also consider myself the best. Possibly Cormac Diamond.”

10. Biggest leader and motivator?

“I think Shane Carthy. He was born in America so he has that American mentality and mindset. He’s good to have around.”

11. Best trainer?

“Ruairi Trainor.”

12. Worst trainer?

“Probably Ger Brennan and Diarmuid Connolly. Ger’s never there and Diarmuid… ah no, Diarmuid’s good actually. Just Ger.”

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