Edendork has always been a great venue to watch or play football on a good day but can be a real rest of endurance when the weather is miserable. I remember watching a club championship double header there in June back in 2007 and the hailstones, rain and wind made it impossible to take notes. However on Sunday afternoon as the time for throw in approached not too many of the large crowd of supporters assembled were too concerned about the lack of seating or cover.
The decision to switch the game from Omagh to Edendork only came late on Sunday afternoon so the club did not have a lot of time to prepare but the job they did in terms of getting the grounds ready, facilitating the teams, the officials, the press and the spectators was nothing short of brilliant. This one afternoon encapsulated so much about what makes the GAA the fantastic organisation that it is.
Edendork Club and its members did a fantastic job yesterday in hosting the game and deserve the appreciation of all gaels. It was perhaps fitting that the opportunity came the day after their club musicians lifted the Ulster Scor na nOg title and the lads then got the chance to play for the five thousand strong crowd that watched the game.
It may well lack the facilities of other better appointed venues, but it is still a great place to see or play a game and the club can be rightly proud of the job they did on Sunday.