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Tyrone Ladies Face Tough Opener

Saturday 27.01.2018
Team Talk Mag
County


Tyrone V Waterford

Tyrone manager Gerry Moane has made no secret of the fact that his all Ireland finalists would be targeting promotion from division two this term. The task perhaps will be tougher than Moane would have planned with a handful of last year’s squad unavailable at different times through what promises to be a difficult league campaign that opens with the visit to Drumragh of Munster senior champions Waterford.

While influential defender Christiane Hunter will return from studies in Carlisle for that league opener, there will be no Niamh O’Neill or Shannon Cunningham. Several others are injury doubts and Moane will face the loss of Neamh Woods later in the campaign due to her involvement with the NI netball squad at the Commonwealth games.

“There’s nothing we can do about these things. The league’s important and we certainly will be challenging but it will be a very tough league campaign” admitted Moane who has had little change to his squad that performed so well last year. “We have lost a few, we have a few away who will be back and of course we have a couple of new faces. The likes of Aileen Touey and Orlagh Mc Namee will be involved while the minor girls on the squad will focus on the minor squad for now. Look we have still plenty of quality and would love to get off with a win. We went to Waterford last year and came away with the win. We can do the same again.”

Waterford travel to the Tyrone venue confident they can build on last season’s form and the Tyrone boss expects a big test.

“Yes it will be some challenge for us. I wouldn’t be sure of what team they will bring here but be assured they will be very good. They are a senior championship side after all and we will have to be at our best if we are to open with a league win, it will be a very good test though.”

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