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Monday 21.10.2013
Team Talk Mag
Club


The confirmation that Eglish will play Liatroim Fontenoys of County Down in this year’s NWP Recycling Ulster Intermediate championship final came as nothing of a surprise to those in the know. Liatroim won their place in the final following a convincing win over the Armagh champions Tullysaran on a score-line of 7-18 to 5-2. The final will be played in Owenbeg Centre of Excellence on Sunday 27th October at 1:00pm.
The route to this year’s final for the Tyrone county senior champions has been a long twelve months of gruelling preparation. The gradient to success is always steeper at this stage and it is a fact that is not lost on the battle hardened camogs. It was in last year’s final that the Tyrone champions lost out in agonising fashion to County Down side Ballycran with a goal in the last few minutes of an enthralling Ulster final. Since then the main focus of the club has always been an Ulster title. It is this determined mind-set that has driven the team to continue their quest for Ulster glory. It’s a very long 22 years since the club won an Ulster title. In that year they then went on to reach an All-Ireland final.
This year the Ulster Intermediate championship was a three way ‘round robin’ between the county champions of Tyrone, Armagh and Down with the top two contesting the final. In their first match Eglish had home advantage against the surprise package from Armagh in the shape of a young Tullysaran side. It was however a very comfortable win for Eglish as their back line was on song in that fixture proving to be almost impenetrable despite the best efforts of their opponents. The final score was Eglish 2-16 to Tullysaran’s 1-5.
The second fixture saw Eglish facing highly rated County Down champions Liatroim Fontenoys. Liatroim had home advantage and it was an intriguing game as a win or a draw would have taken Eglish to another Ulster final. The Saturday evening fixture saw a huge crowd in supporters for both teams swell the stands. Eglish went on to win that game on a score-line of 0-14 to 2-11. It was a much tougher game than the previous one and the whole team collectively remained focused right to the final whistle. A long three week gap between this fixture and the final would give the team ample time to prepare.
This year’s Eglish captain Siobhan Hughes has like most of her team mates a wealth of experience for both her club and county. Siobhan is delighted that the team will have another chance to reverse the fortunes of last year however she knows all too well that the final will be as tough as any of the previous years.
“It’s a privilege to captain this year’s Eglish senior team. They are a dedicated hardworking bunch of girls who have been playing and training well all year despite the long season. With a good mix of youth and experience we can hopefully continue to reap the rewards of the successes of the club in the past few years. Success breeds success!”
Eglish manager Jim McCormick has kept the team going from strength to strength in the past few years. Jim remains upbeat about his team.
“The team has been playing in the Derry League and it’s been slow progress within this competition but we always thought we could compete. There is more steel and determination than previous years with the introduction of a couple of younger players. Some of the other more seasoned players have stepped right up to the mark this year and the older experienced players are pushing that bit harder too. The county players add so much to the team and we just hope to get over the line this time. Last year we got straight into a final which is no good to anyone. This year the two games in the ‘round robin’ have been of great help to us but we won’t know until the day if we have done enough. If we play to our potential we are in with a good chance. We will not by any means be underestimating Liatroim. They are coming out of County Down and their girls have a lot of experience and we will be taking nothing for granted.”
Jim has been working closely with Barry Fay with the team this year and everyone in Tyrone wishes them and the Eglish team all the best for the final.

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