O’Sullivan Billy

01 November 1991
NAME: Billy O’Sullivan

DATE OF BIRTH: 22/9/68

HEIGHT: 5’ 10"

WEIGHT: 11st 11lbs

CLUB: Ballygunner

COUNTY: Waterford

HONOURS: Club championship medals U14, U16, two U21 (’88 and ’89), U15 Munster Colleges with De La Salle College, Waterford. Played for Combined Fitzgibbin in 1987, ’88 and ’89. Played for Munster in 1991

PLACE OF EMPLOYMENT: Patrick O’Sullivan & Co. (Waterford) Ltd., Building contractors

FAMOUS RELATIONS: Johnny Fanning (granduncle) played in the 1939 All-Ireland for Waterford. Lillian O’Sullivan (nee Howlett) mother, holds four inter-provincial Gael Linn medals and played senior camogie for Munster at 14 years of age in the sixties

INTER-COUNTY DEBUT: versus Kilkenny, 1987, NHL first round at Walsh Park

TOUGHEST OPPONENT: Sylvie Linane, Galway and Eamonn Cleary, Wexford

FAVOURITE GROUNDS: Semple Stadium, Thurles and Fitzgerald Stadium, Killarney

FAVOURITE POSITION: Left half forward

SPORTING AMBITION: To win a senior county medal with my club Ballygunner and an All-Ireland with Waterford

DO YOU PLAY ANY OTHER SPORTS: A small bit of soccer during the winter break

BOYHOOD HEROES: Tony O’Sullivan, Cork; Jim Greene, Waterford and Vinny Connors from my own club Ballygunner

FAVOURITE PLAYER AT PRESENT: Damien Byrne, Waterford and John Leahy, Tipperary

ANY GOOD SPORTING YARN: It was once remarked after playing a particularly good game that the only resemblance between myself and my father, who was a take no prisoner corner back in the sixties, was that I solo run in with the ball and put the ball over the bar, whereas in his case, the man solo ran with the ball and he put the man over the bar!

BIGGEST INFLUENCE ON CAREER: Ex school master in Ballygunner James McGinn and my mother

DISLIKES ABOUT THE GAA: I feel that clubs should get more financial support by way of grants, for dressingroom facilities, etc. especially the underdeveloped clubs

WAYS OF IMPROVING THE GAME: The referees, umpires and linesmen should act more as a team, especially in regard to off the ball incidents

BEST GAME SEEN: Centenary Munster Final between Cork and Tipperary

BEST GAME PLAYED IN: 1989 Munster semi final in which we beat Cork in a replay

HOPES FOR 1991: To be successful with my club and to make the long overdue breakthrough with Waterford

TIP FOR THE FUTURE: FEllow club members Fergal Hartley and Paul Flynn and also Pauric Fanning from the Mount Sion club

Taken from Hogan Stand magazine
1st November 1991
Vol 1 No 33

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