Posted: 1 month ago

10 Questions… Dean McDonald

In the second of our new regular feature series, we will ask 10 mostly cricket related, albeit a bit random, questions to our club Chairman, Dean McDonald…

Deep in thought

1. Tell us who you are and where you’re from?

I’m Dean, originating from North Belfast but moved to Comber in 2003. Played for Academy for about 35 years but took opportunity to move to North Down when Academy merged with Cliftonville.

2. What was your first ever job?

When I was still at school my brother bought a shop so helped out there after school and odd weekend. Been in IT now for over 30 years, not very interesting (I assume he means the job).

3. How did your cricketing journey begin?

Unfortunately never played cricket or rugby at school bar odd house match so journey only began when joined Academy Sports Club after leaving school. I was probably 21 by time started playing regularly.

Hard at work

4. What has been your cricketing highlight to date?

Obviously joining North Down CC (😊). I did skipper Academy 2nds and 3rds to league wins but a few relegations too!

5. Favourite player of all time?

Sir Geoffrey Boycott and Eoin Morgan, like cricket, I evolved too.

6. Favourite ground?

At Academy most home matches were played at either Mallusk or Roughfort so even a trip to Londonderry Park was to be relished. Favourite ground was probably Laurelvale as much for teas and post match socialising.

7. What is your role at North Down CC?

See 8 below.

⁠8. What does the club chairman do

Nothing to it really just chair monthly meeting 😊. It is actually pretty much 364 day a year (Christmas Day off) effort not just for the Chairman but anyone on the Executive Committee. Basically managing, coordinating, and delegating and hopefully ensuring everything gets done that needs be. We have great team on committee this year and fantastic work being done on sub committees.

More work!

9. Hopes for 2024 at The Green?

In James, Dian and Liam we have 3 great signings that should make 1st XI a lot more competitive this season. Hopefully the 2nd XI can consolidate on great season last year. It’s essential they play in Junior 1 as we hope to blood our better young players up through the club and hopefully have several playing senior cricket in few years time. 3rd XI should be in position to challenge this year with mix of experience and youth. 4th XI had great season last year and no doubt will compete well this season though potentially could face some 1st XI teams this season which could be challenging to say the least. For first time in our long and distinguished history we are fielding 5th XI so wish them every success. Both ladies teams did fantastically well last year reaching respective cup finals. Ideally they can continue to close gap on CSNI and maybe bring some silverware to the Green. I expect youth section to continue to thrive under direction of Neil and coaching staff. Lastly hopefully sun will shine and both Beer & Cider festivals will be great success.

Stay Classy

10. Favourite drink at the Green?

Pint bottle of Harp thanks or Plum and Ginger cider during festival. (Excellent choices)

Thanks Dean, you’ve taken on a lot in the ‘Chair’ at NDCC but no better man for the job, good luck…

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