It was recently decided that I would invest my time comparing the lives of an inter-county Division 4 footballer and a professional footballer in Australia. I notified my friend Seán Hurley who plays with the “Freemantle” club and is based in Perth, who was more than willing to participate in my campaign! Seán had a very successful reign with his club Johnstownbridge in Kildare and with St. Marys Secondary school in Edenderry, Co. Offaly in recent years. Further to that he had a central role on the Kildare senior football team. In spite of his young age he was seen as a very mature footballer before moving from the miserable temperatures in Ireland to the more favourable weather in the Southern hemisphere!
Approaching the beginning of the new football season wouldn’t it be perfect to put both of our lifestyles under the spotlight together, separate them and report on the results? I am of the opinion that the opportunity to study the life of a professional footballer and his unique voyage more sharply would be of interest to the Irish public.
Henceforth, it is my intention to publish a blog every fortnight in which the subject will be put on certain common subjects. In this first blog, the details of our personal lives, highlights to date, opinions, objectives for the year ahead and more are examined. The following blogs will:
- Provide insight into our diets. What we eat and the most important foods eaten over the course of a week.
- Our training sessions over the course of one week. On the field, weights, emphasis on stretching etc.
- Our lifestyles and the main differences between the amateur and professional codes. What are the compulsory sacrifices in both codes?
- The benefits and positive traits of both associations (GAA and the AFL) and the matters which need to be tackled most urgently this year.
Name: Brian Darby
Nickname: Barney, Darbs
Height: 5′ 8”
- 7 Offaly SFC Titles,
- 5 Offaly SFC League titles,
- 5 Offaly U21 Titles,
- 1 Offaly MFC title,
- 1 NFL Div 4 title
Senior inter-county debut: 2008 v Westmeath, Tullamore
Music: Coldplay, Snowpatrol
Food: Chicken curry, Fish pie
Career highlight to date: Representing Rhode and Offaly in Leinster SFC campaigns.
Favourite venue: Croke Park
Earliest football memory: U10 football training in Rhode on a Saturday morning and lunchtime in Ballybryan N.S
Best thing about living in Ireland: Irish humour, Never too far from anywhere, close community relationships, Sports all year round
Worst thing about living in Ireland: Weather, country wide inability to use roundabouts, Pollution and narrow minded people
Goals for 2015: Gain promotion from Div 4; make a winning start to Leinster championship. Retain Offaly SFC
If I could play with any other county in Ireland it would be………Galway or Meath
Why? Spent four very enjoyable years in college in Galway and my Mother is from Loughrea. Always loved Meath’s style of play and absolute fearless determination
If I could relocate to any country in the World it would be: Dubai, The UAE (United Arab Emirates)
Name: Seán Hurley
- Leinster Colleges A Title and All Ireland Runner up;
- All Ireland B Schools title;
- Club U21A title, Club Intermediate title,
- two O’Byrne Cups,
- Leinster U21 title,
- two Leinster Juniors;
- Sigerson All Star.
Senior inter-county debut: 2010
Music: A bit of everything, at the moment Cheerleader by Omi is top of my playlist.
Food: Mexican chicken wraps and a good salad.
Career highlight to date: 2013-Winning a club Championship and Winning a Leinster Under 21 medal both in the same year and receiving Man of the Match in both.
Favourite venue: Port Laois, Johnstownbridge or Croke Park
Earliest football memory: Kildare in the All-Ireland 1998
Best thing about living in Australia: The Weather/Outdoors Lifestyle
Worst thing about living in Australia: Missing family and friends, although what’s app and other social media sites make me feel close to home.
Goals for 2015: Learn this new game as fast as possible and make an impact in Australia.
If I could play with any other county in Ireland it would be……… Dublin or Galway
Why? My Mother is a Dub and maybe a bit of Glory hunting in that choice. My Grandfather is a proud Galway man; since I was young lad I would watch the tribesmen on TV with him.
Thing you miss most about living in Ireland: Hanging out with my friends, family and missing my god daughter Robyn grow up. Once the summer comes around in Ireland and the smell of freshly cut grass is about you know it’s football season. I’m going to miss that sensation.
I would love to hear your opinions in English or Irish and I would be truly grateful to you for Retweeting and spreading the word!