My favourite 15 – Glenarm

by Terence Mulvenna

No doubt there will be those who will feel that others could/should have been added to this list, but like others have said previously it really is difficult deciding who should be in, and even worse, those who don’t get in.

The 15 starters and a number of subs all date from early 70’s, there were undoubtedly many great hurlers preceded this date, all of whom were heroes to their generation.

The Glenarm team who played Carey at Feis na nGleann in Glenariffe in the GAA Centenary year in 1984

1 Tommy Mitchell.

Tommy began his career as an attacking midfielder and was worth 5/6 points each time he togged out. Following a series of knee injuries Tommy donned No1 jersey, a position he filled with pride.

2 Liam Magill

More often than not Liam played half/back or midfield because of his lightening speed, but when switched to the corner he moulded perfectly.

3 Eddie Matthews RIP

A permanent role at fullback, Eddie made the No 3 his own, having played here throughout the 70’s and 80’s, strong, wicked, with the heart of a lion. Eddie passed away recently. Having retired from playing Eddie served as club chairman for a number of years.

Brendan Ward

4 Brendan Ward

Big and strong, when Brendan was shaping up to clear the ball up the field it was best just to stand to the side, such was enormity of his stroke. Is now into his second decade as club treasurer.

Sean Waide receiving the Intermediate Championship cup from fellow Glenarm man Anthony Mulvenna in 1995

5 Sean Waide

Strong and immensely passionate, Sean came to Glenarm in his early 20’s from Loughgile slotted into the halfback line with ease, he was later to manage minor & senior teams at the club.

6 Francis Ward

Francis was a regular starter for both Antrim and Ulster during the 70’s & 80’s as cornerback, his skill, power, and ability to read the game assured he commanded a more central role at club level, has also managed juvenile and senior teams within the club.

7 Eamon Matthews

Currently coaching our U-8 team, Eamon starred from an early age, during which time he won a Colleges All-star with Garron tower.

Willie Mitchell

8 Willie Mitchell

Fast, strong, and with a great hand, Willie was a dedicated trainer with a big engine. Managed several teams in the club, and was represented the club as referee for many years.

9 Dessie Matthews

Dessie played many positions for the team but in his prime featured at midfield where his stature played a pivotal role.

10 Pat O’Neill

A naturally gifted sportsman Pat covered every blade of grass in his pursuit of victory taking many scores from all angles, also a keen freetaker. Pat managed minor teams in the past.

11 Kevin Mulvenna

A versatile player with bags of skill, Kevin represented the club at senior county level at the age of 18, was coming to his peak when work commitments took him abroad. On his return continued to play a major role in the forward line. Managed many age groups following retirement.

Darren Hamill

12 Darren Hamill

Still a current player, no one has a bigger engine than Darren, puts in a major shift every time he pulls the boots on. Starred often in county colours, minor & senior, also has 3 College All-stars.

13 John Rossborough

Another gifted sportsman ‘90’ covered a lot of ground hitting many scores and was a sharp free taker, poached the odd goal as well. John gave great service whilst coaching from U-8 up to minors for many years

14 Sean O’Neill

Strong as an Ox, Moggie was a managers dream at the edge of the square, great fielder, turn on a Sixpence bagged many goals. Coached juveniles for a few years.

Oliver Mulvenna

15 Oliver Mulvenna

More naturally a half forward, Oliver moulded well at corner forward, like 90, poached a few goals, also a regular free taker.

Subs; Barney Shannon, Dylan McLaughlin, Arthur Forsythe, Kevin McKay, Seamus Dobbin, Seamus O’Kane, Liam McAuley, Brendan McDermott.


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