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Derrytresk Break The Silence to Teamtalkmag.com
Teamtalkmag.com have the interview that everyone wants to hear. Kevin Kelly spoke exclusively to Derrytresk joint manager Paul Hughes.
“I’d say we haven’t had nine championship victories in the past 20 years” says Hughes when I ask him about this year’s run.
“As a club we took the view that anything that happened last Sunday should be dealt with through proper GAA channels and processes so we released a statement to that effect. We know that things have happened on the day that will possibly bring punishment on both clubs but the GAA processes will highlight those things and we as a club will then work with the relevant authorities to complete whatever requirements are deemed necessary.
No other approach will allow us move through this stage any quicker. If there are punishments then both clubs will have to accept that as the outcome – we’ve said to the boys all year that if you miss training there’s a sanction, if you break team rules there’s a sanction and the boys have accepted that because its been consistently applied by Paul (Canavan) and myself. This will be no different – if there has been wrong done there’ll be a sanction.”
I push him a bit further and ask if the negative coverage has put a damper on the atmosphere in the club.
“We’re in a position” he says “where we’ve won an All-Ireland semi-final having played some very, very good football and the boys are still on a high about that – they’re delighted and absolutely over the moon, as are we all in the area.
We wouldn’t want the coverage to mask or influence the investigation that follows or indeed the perception of our club in the run-up to the final. There’s some residue of disappointment about the reporting but maybe more so among the people of the area about how some media outlets have told this story but that’s modern society, we can’t do anything about that.”
So what has made the difference I ask him, and the smile widens again as Hughes begins to enjoy talking about players that Canavan and himself, (he is quick to add the names also of Bartley Coyle, Beano Quinn and Sean McCabe who have also worked voluntarily with the team during the championship season), are obviously proud of.
“This is not just one or two year’s work, because this has been going on over a long number of years in the club. As I said we’re coming out of a near twenty year period when the club was only winning three or four matches in an entire year and it would have been easy for the club, which draws from about 60 houses and is the smallest of four clubs in a rural parish and the smallest in Tyrone, to fold.
Then the club men pushed to get a reserve team going and then youth teams also and the remarkable thing here is that the present squad is made up of boys who have all come through the youth ranks in the club and that’s the really incredible aspect of the whole thing.
My late father used to say there’s no such thing as can’t, it’s an excuse for don’t want to or couldn’t be bothered. I think Derrytresk at the minute has shown a template for success to other small clubs based on hard work, effort and giving young people a sense of belonging and the club is the embodiment of that oul phrase of my father’s – there’s no such thing as can’t!!!”