60 Second Interview with Ireland's John Mooney

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On 2011 for Irish cricket - It has been a very good year for Irish cricket but for me personally my goals for the team would be a bit higher than what we have achieved and that shows how far we have come as a team. Though we did beat England we could have beaten them again (in Dublin), possibly should have beaten the West Indies, and probably should have beaten Bangladesh. We played good solid cricket all year without ever really hitting top gear to be honest.


John Mooney at Morton Stadium in Santry, Dublin today.

On the Hong Kong Sixes - We could have won the Hong Kong Sixes. Pakistan beat us but only because they executed better than us with the ball at the end of the innings. They were able to stop us reaching a 100 and that gave them a chance to chase down a total. 

On 2012 for Ireland
- Hopefully next year we will be able to pull off a lot more big results than we did this year. The more we play against these bigger teams the more I really believe we can challenge for a semi-final spot in the World Twenty20. Obviously we still need to qualify and that is not going to be easy. Scotland are really coming on, the Dutch are always going to be difficult. So the first main goal is to qualify but if we do I think we can really go well in that tournament and really show the world what we're about.

And then there's World Cup qualification. I think if we play really good cricket next year we could be pretty much qualified by the end of the year.

On North County
- as always with North County we keep the goal pretty simple and that is to go out and win every competition we play in. This year we were still the team to beat in my opinion.

In the Irish Cup, we were beaten in a great game up in Waringstown and I was delighted to see them winning the competition. In the League Railway took the title from us through our own indiscipline and in the Leinster Senior Cup Final Merrion beat us by a run and fair play to them - they deserved their win.

But next year we'll have the same goal - to win every competition we play in.

On life as a professional cricketer
- It's 11 o'clock on Friday morning and I'm finished for the day - it's a great life really.  I'm living the dream. If you had asked me as a kid growing up what I wanted to be I would have said a cricketer. And here I am. It's amazing.








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