Duncan O'Mahony

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Duncan O'Mahony
Born: (1976-06-29) June 29, 1976 (age 45)
Kilkenny, Ireland
Career information
CFL status National
Position(s) P/K
Height5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Weight183 lb (83 kg)
University UBC
CFL draft 2001 / Round: 2 / Pick: 14
Drafted by Calgary Stampeders
Career history
As player
20012003 Calgary Stampeders
20042005 BC Lions
2006 Winnipeg Blue Bombers*
2007 Calgary Stampeders
2008 Edmonton Eskimos*
2008 Winnipeg Blue Bombers
*Inactive and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
CFL West All-Star 2002

Duncan O'Mahony [oh-MAH-nee] (b. June 29, 1976 in Kilkenny, Republic of Ireland) is a Canadian football punter and placekicker who is currently a free agent.

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Early years

Despite being born in Ireland and having lived in Australia and Newfoundland as a child, O'Mahony is considered a non-import by the CFL, as he and his family settled in Abbotsford, British Columbia when he was a teenager. O'Mahony attended the University of British Columbia, where he set a conference record with a 52-yard field goal and was a first team CIAU all-star in 2000.

Professional career

After his college career, O'Mahony joined the Calgary Stampeders for the 2001 CFL season, initially as a punter while Mark McLoughlin handled the placekicking duties. O'Mahony won the 89th Grey Cup in his rookie season with the Stampeders. After McLoughlin's first retirement after the 2002 CFL season, O'Mahony assumed kicking duties for the Stampeders as well as punting. However, a lack of accuracy put him in the fans' doghouse quickly, and McLoughlin was lured out of retirement at the end of the 2003 CFL season so O'Mahony could return to full-time punting.

O'Mahony left the Stampeders after 2003 and signed with the BC Lions, again as a placekicker and punter. O'Mahony had an adequate 2004 kicking two 40+ yard field goals in the western conference final against Saskatchewan to win the game, but his performance in 2005 was such that McLoughlin was again lured out of retirement to relieve him of his placekicking duties at the end of the year and the playoffs.

On May 4, 2006, O'Mahony was released by the Lions. On May 10, 2006, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers signed him to a one-year contract. It was expected that O'Mahony would be taking punting duties for the team in the upcoming season while possibly challenging Troy Westwood for the place kicking job.

On May 21, 2006, O'Mahony failed to show up for training camp with Winnipeg, and no one heard from him. He did make it to Calgary, but never got on a connecting flight to Winnipeg. The family issued a statement through the Blue Bombers club, saying they are having difficulty reaching him and there was a concern for his welfare. On May 22, 2006, O'Mahony's family confirmed that he had been located but due to personal issues has not yet shown up to training camp. Blue Bombers GM, Brendan Taman, has since stated that Duncan will not be playing for Winnipeg due to the nature of the situation.

On February 3, 2007, O'Mahony signed a 2-year contract with the Calgary Stampeders but played little. He was traded to the Edmonton Eskimos on May 26, 2008, in exchange for a conditional draft pick in the 2009 CFL Draft [1] but one week later, Edmonton signed Noel Prefontaine and released O'Mahony. [2]

On June 16, 2008, he signed to return with the Blue Bombers after they had released Troy Westwood. [3]

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References

  1. "2008 Eskimo Transactions". Edmonton Eskimo Football Club. Archived from the original on 2008-04-20. Retrieved 2008-06-17.
  2. Mackinnon, John (2008-06-01). "O'Mahony's audition ends before it even begins". Edmonton Journal. Archived from the original on 2012-11-04. Retrieved 2008-06-17.
  3. Penton, Kirk (2008-06-16). "Duncan O'Mahony gets second chance with Blue Bombers". Winnipeg Sun. Retrieved 2008-06-17.[ dead link ]