IC17 Player Spotlight – Paul Murphy

Each week AFL Europe is profiling a European player who is participating in IC17 and finding out a little more about them, how they got into the great game of Aussie Rules and how they feel about the upcoming International Cup.  

Name: Paul Murphy                                                                                     


Club: UCC Bombers & Leeside Lions


Nationality: Irish


What position do you play? Back Pocket


AFL team you support & who is your favourite AFL player:

Adelaide Crows & Eddie Betts


How did you find out about AFL?

I have former Irish Warrior Eoin Sull to thank for getting me involved. Informed me of the college team and thought me everything I needed to know from there.


How long have you been playing for?

Just over 2 years.


What is the highlight of your playing career so far?

Both earning my first Warriors cap and captaining UCC Bombers to the Fitzpatrick Cup in 2017 are stand out moments that mean a lot to me personally.

Who is the toughest player you have played on & why? 

Paudie O Connell & Ryan Mc Closkey. Both have the ability to make you look foolish if you’re not on top of your game. They’d also take great pride in doing so.


Have you played in the International Cup previously? 

No. But eagerly anticipating the first ball up


Who is the player to watch in your team & why?

Davy McEhlone the sheer need to win and the fact that giving anything less than 100% isn’t good enough are key attributes that make up the man and inspire the team to reach such levels.


Have you visited Australia before & what are you most excited about seeing?

No but looking forward to being able to see games live.


Any other interesting information, quirky stories or interesting things about yourself?

I’m otherwise known as Fr Stone why I don’t know I can only imagine it’s for my warm sense of humour.