For our final installment of this season’s “Meet the Captains” series we sat down with Memphis GAA Club Chairman and Majestic Grille team captain, Dermot Murray. Let’s see what he has planned for this season!
How long have you played Gaelic football? Where did you play? And what was your favorite position?
“I was more of a hurler growing up, playing for Cullion Hurling Club, St. Finian’s Secondary School (Mullingar, County Westmeath) and the Westmeath Under-15 county team. But I did play Gaelic football with Shandonagh in Westmeath for a couple of seasons as a teenager, as well as in school (I wasn’t very good at it though). I always tended to play in the fullback line in both sports – probably because I can’t score for the life of me. I do like playing in the back-line so I can keep a close eye on how the rest of my team is doing.”
How do you plan to win the inaugural Memphis Gaelic football league?
“I plan to win the league by stacking my team with the best players & letting them do their thing. Only kidding! I do plan to have an evenly-balanced team of players and to quickly identify their best positions on the field so we can perform as a true team unit. And I think maroon/white is a winning color combination (it also happens to be the colors of my home club and county back home).”
Why should anyone want to signup for your team?
“People should sign-up for my team because they’ll enjoy the experience, regardless of whether we win or lose. Plus I’ll buy pints for my teammates after every match we win, and I’ll see if Patrick & Deni at the Majestic Grille will lay on a free dinner if we win the league outright!”
Teamwork and pints – a killer combination for any season! We’ll have to see if Dermot can fly his county colors into the league finals and bring home another title for team Majestic Grille.
Thank you for joining us as we talked to Brendan, Liam, Shane, and Dermot. It looks like it is going to be an absolutely thrilling season! Don’t forget – for your best chance of joining your preferred team, be sure to sign up for the 2017 Gaelic Football Spring Pub League by Thursday, March 23rd. Be sure to stay tuned as we’ll be posting this season’s team rosters and the games schedules in the next few days!