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Lockdown Digest with Down legend Benny Coulter

Benny Coulter's toughest opponent? Ciaran McKeever  

Name: Benny Coulter

County: Down

Club: Mayobridge

Your lockdown routine: Run every morning then lie about the house all day and walk most evenings. So boring

Best thing about the lockdown: nothing. Literally nothing

Worst thing about the lockdown: The boredom. For some reason the weekends seem the worst although every day is the same

Favourite training drill: Shooting

Least favourite training drill: 1v1s or 2v2s. Long distance runs hated them

If you didn’t play Gaelic football which sport would you be playing: Soccer

Best sporting memory: Captaining Mayobridge to win championships. Winning All-Ireland with St Marks and Down minors

Worst sporting memory: Losing All-Ireland final in 2010. It still hurts

Best sick-note excuse: I only ever missed 1 or 2 sessions in my life and was because of a hangover. Never make excuses

Favourite film: Grease

Tell us something we don’t know about you: I used to play nets at underage for the years above me. Did nets in a minor semi-final and corner-back then in the final. Work that one out! We won the final after being big underdogs.

Fastest team-mate: Caolan Mooney unbelievable. Paul McComiskey and Mickey Linden also.

Toughest opponent: Ciaran McKeever

Five dinner guests and reasons why you’d invite them:

* Jurgen Klopp: Just to listen to 

* Roy Keane: I find him fascinating

* ‘Scrapper’ Fegan: To go get the drink when I need one

* Donald Trump: To find out what goes on in that head of his

* Gary Anderson (Armagh): He likes to talk about Armagh so I would invite him along to listen to a few sportsmen talk proper stuff and not the usual stuff he comes out with. 

Favourite GAA player: Con O’Callaghan.

Guilty pleasure (chocolate/ takeaway food or anything else): Friar Tucks And Kaz Chinese. Love most chocolate

Best pitch you played on: St Patrick’s Park Mayobridge and Páirc Esler in Newry

Ideal day off: Don’t like days off

Any match-day superstitions: None

Most annoying team-mate: Marty Barry Mayobridge. He never brought gear with him and always looking stuff of players. The man played seniors for 10 years with no boots.

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