AFL Europe Player of the Week
Each week AFL Europe is profiling a European player and finding out how they got into the great game of Aussie Rules and a bit about themselves. If you’d like a profile or know of someone who would, then email firstname.lastname@example.org to receive a question sheet.
Daniel O’Connell has been instrumental in his first year at the Leeside Lions. Currently 8 from 8 this season Daniel has been nominated as Player of the Week by Richard MacSweeney who wished to acknowledge his role in the club’s success.
An enthusiastic and skilled player for the Leeside Lions, we look forward to hearing how you and the Lions go for the remainder of the Season! Good luck!
What position do you play?
Anywhere in the forward line, I’d like to think I have a great eye for goal.
AFL team you support:
Favourite AFL player:
Ciaran Sheehan of the Carlton Blues, a fellow Muskerry & Cork man.
How did you find out about AFL?
Through my brother Padraic, who is actually my sporting idol, he started playing a couple of years ago.
How long have you been playing for?
This is my first year playing the game but I love it.
What is your memory of your first Aussie Rules game?
In my first game this season, still unsure of the rules, the ball came in over the fullbacks head, all I had to do was catch it and be left with a couple of metres to kick, it was a guaranteed major. Instead of this, as the ball floated in I leapt like a salmon and flung my arms in the air in the direction of the oncoming Sherrin.
I connected perfectly, and had just done a Maradonna “Hand of God” style goal, punching the footy over the line. Proud as anything I turned around, expected to be congratulated by my teammates but was only met with amusement and laughter from them and the opposition. All I could do was laugh, now I know for sure I can’t punch the ball over the goal line.
Best AFL moment?
Scoring my first “legitimate” goal for the Leeside Lions
Any other interesting information, quirky stories or interesting things about yourself?
The guys in the club have a song about me and my brother to the tune of the Toure brothers song (Kolo Toure , Yaya Toure).
It goes like, “Danny, Danny Connell, Danny Connell, Paudie Connell, Paudie, Paudie Connell” on repeat for about an hour straight.
After a game I also like to chill my baby wipes in the fridge before using them, it’s my little treat.