McCormack Darren

December 04, 1998
Westmeath's Darren McCormack NAME: Darren McCormack DATE OF BIRTH: 29-7-78 HEIGHT: 5' 10" WEIGHT: 13st CLUB: Castlepollard Hurling Club COUNTY: Westmeath NOTABLE SPORTING ACHIEVEMENTS (GAELIC): 2 Westmeath Senior Championship medals; medals at all underage levels; Under 14 Feile; Leinster Minor League medal with Westmeath; I also represented Westmeath on the Minor football panel of 1996 INTERCOUNTY DEBUT: I played in the first round of the Leinster Minor Championship against Dublin in 1996. I made my senior debut for the county against Cork in the league of 1997 TOUGHEST OPPONENT: Alaistair Elliott (Antrim) FAVOURITE GROUNDS: Cusack Park, Mullingar HOBBIES: Hurling, football and keeping fit FAVOURITE POSITION: Centre half back FAVOURITE PLAYERS: DJ Carey, Jamesie O'Connor INFLUENCES ON YOUR CAREER: From a very young age the greatest influence on my career would have to be my father as he encouraged me to play the game THE HIGH POINT OF YOUR CAREER TO DATE: Winning Senior Hurling Championship medals with Castlepollard at the ages of 17 and 19 and representing my county at all grades BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT: Losing out to Dublin in the first round of the Leinster Senior Hurling Championship of 1997 OTHER PLAYERS WITH A PROMISING FUTURE: John Paul Murray (club), Kevin Brazil (club) WAYS OF IMPROVING THE GAME: Coaching from a very early age should help to improve the game (8+) to teach them the necessary skills DISLIKES ABOUT THE GAA: None DO YOU HAVE ANY RELATIVES INVOLVED IN GAELIC GAMES?: All are involved in gaelic games PERSON YOU WOULD MOST LIKE TO MEET: Eric Cantona because in hurling I could do with some of his King Fu tips FAVOURITE PERSONAL SAYING OR TERM OF ABUSE: 'Get your act together' PET HATES: I don't dislike any animals! FAVOURITE MUSIC: Bruce Springsteen FAVOURITE FILM: Con Air IDEAL DATE: My girlfriend HOW WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE REMEMBERED? As a player who won a Leinster medal for Westmeath Taken from Hogan Stand magazine 4th December 1998 Vol 8 No 49

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