James has just completed his second season at our Club, but let him tell you all about it!
When and where did you first play hockey?
I started playing hockey at Regent House in year 8. I initially fancied myself as a rugby player, however D Robb recommended I was more physically suited for hockey.
Have you played for any other hockey clubs?
None, the others are too far away…. Ards Peninsula things.
How long have you been at North Down?
18 months, joined the club late 2018. I took a break from hockey after leaving school.
Do you have any personal ambitions in hockey?
Progress to a tournament final and win (No specific tournament)
What has been your best moment at North Down?
Attending two training sessions in the same week.
Who has been your favourite player to play with at North Down and why?
Early days at the club but I’ve enjoyed playing with Andy Walls – aggressive, passionate and skillful.
What is your least favourite team to play against?
I least enjoy playing against this team due to their indiscriminate in-game torrent of verbal abuse aimed at fellow team members, umpires, fans, people, pets… you name it!!
HOWEVER, this team has always been the reason to purchase sports insurance.
(Clue – Ulster J4 – ******)
What other sports are you interested in and do you play any other sports?
I am a keen follower of all sports two wheels. However, my longest sporting passion is racing motocross bikes (unsuccessfully).
What is your favourite personal sporting moment and a favourite all time sporting one?
Personal – Winning the Young Farmers novice Tug-Of War competition at Balmoral Show in front of friends and family.
All Time -Watching Ireland beat England (24-15) to win the 6-Nations on St. Patricks day in 2018 … very good day for Guinness sales!
What is the best holiday you have ever had?
I visited the Royal Welsh Agricultural Show for 4 days with a few Young Farmers pals, ask me about this trip over a drink.
Where is your ideal holiday location?
Covid-19 got me thinking Bangor sounds ideal atm… ideal location pre 2020 – Universal Studios, Florida.
What type of music do you like?
I’ve a soft spot for old school country (Alan Jackson OG) but anything you can boogie to gets the nod.
What is your favourite TV programme?
The Punisher, guaranteed action every episode.
What is your favourite movie?
Dukes Of Hazard, some scenes not for watching with family.
Have you a favourite book you have read again?
SAS Rogue Heroes – The Authorized Wartime History by Ben Macintyre. I haven’t re-read this book, but it is a book I have lent to many other keen readers and enjoyed in depth discussions about the antics and bravery of the founding SAS gentlemen. ** Contains a detailed write up on Newtownards local Blair ‘Paddy’ Mayne.
What is your favourite food and drink?
Sirloin (Medium) and Guinness.
Full cream, semi-skimmed or skimmed milk?
Full Cream, but whatever is at hand.
If you could invite four people, living or dead, to a dinner party who would they be?
Iron Mike on the door, Frank Abagnale and Winston Churchill for stories during courses, then Dave Chapelle funniest comedian, FACT!
What have you been doing to stay fit during the coronavirus break?
Giving others Kudos on Strava, with the odd few strides in between myself.