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|Irish name||Críos de Piondargás|
|Position||Full back & Full Forward|
19 February 1986 |
Govan, Glasgow, Scotland
|Height||5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)|
|Tir Conaill Harps
Glasgow Caledonian University GAC
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7 (0) (1)
|* Club appearances and scores correct as of 23:27, 7 April 2009 (UTC).|
Christopher-Paul Peter Pendergast BA PGDE (Irish: Críostóir-Pól Peadar de Piondargás), (Scottish Gaelic: Crìostòir-Pòl Peadar de Piondargàs) BA PGDE), commonly known as Chris Pendergast (Irish: Críos Piondargás), (Scottish Gaelic: Crìos Piondargàs) is a Scottish born Gaelic Footballer of Irish descent. He currently plays with Glasgow side Tir Conaill Harps.
Pendergast joined Tir Conaill harps on entering the sport in 2007, having previously, and exclusively, played soccer. His Tír Conaill career was initially marred by injury, suffering a torn quadriceps late on in the 2007 season. The following season started as the previous had ended with Pendergast sustaining a broken finger in the 2008 pre-season training. Despite the injury setbacks, on Saturday 17 May 2008, Pendergast went on to make his full debut for the club at Dundee, starting at Full Forward against Dún Deagh Dálriada. Pendergast's first honour in the game came as an unused substitute in the Harps 1-10 to 1-06 win over city rivals Glaschu Gaels in the 2009 Davitt Shield Final.
Despite the promising start the season gave Pendergast's injury troubles continued into the season after he sustained a phalangeal avulsion fracture while playing in a soccer match in Varadero, Cuba in late June. The resulting injury was initially expected to be a 3 to 4 week lay off. Complications from the fracture however resulted in reduced mobility of the joint which subsequently brought Pendergast's 2009 club season to a premature end.
As well as playing at club level, Pendergast joined Glasgow Caledonian University GAC at the beginning of the 2008/09 season. After sustaining injury during the 2009 season, Pendergast was cleared fit by October and again took part in university GAA representing Glasgow Caledonian for the second season running. With injury worries firmly in the past, Pendergast made the starting line-up for two home matches in against the University of Abertay and the University of Stirling in the Scottish University Gaelic Football League B Division, which was subsequently won by Caley.
Pendergast played in the 2010 British University Gaelic Football Championship in Birmingham. He played in the teams matches against University of Birmingham and Rennes University as Caledonian finished as runners up in their group.
The 2009/10 season for Glasgow Caledonian ended in great success for the team. Pendergast was part of the team that won the Scottish University Gaelic Football Championships with a convincing win over Stirling at the University of Stirling. The win was achieved amid an ill-tempered match which saw Stirling reduced to only 12 men. The win secured Pendergast's 3rd honour of the game and 2nd at university level.
Pendergast, a native of Govan, Glasgow holds a BA and PGDE from Glasgow Caledonian University and the University of Strathclyde. Pendergast studied Integrated Product Design and Teaching. Between spells at university he studied at Graphic Design, with a specialism in Illustration at Cardonald College, Glasgow. He has subsequently achieved a PG-Cert in Religious Education at the University of Glasgow. As well as being a native speaker of Scots, Pendergast also speaks Scottish Gaelic. He is currently working on language skills at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, currently undertaking a BA degree.
- Davitt Shield
- Winners: 2009