New Tyrone manager Martina Dillon will have to wait to see her new charges in action after an 11th hour postponement of their game on Sunday. Tyrone had travelled to Woodlands Playing Fields in Belfast for their Dowd Cup opener against Antrim only to be informed by referee Gavin Corrigan that the surface was still frozen after a pitch inspection just before throw in.. Other ties in the first competition of the year had already been called off. The new Tyrone boss had named an experimental side with several players involved in the university squads and a further number unavailable because of club and work commitments. Tyrone are due to face Monaghan next Sunday with the opening round set to be refixed, possibly midweek.
Tyrone’s underage build up has also been hampered this weekend with several trials forced to be abandoned. It’s expected under14-16 and minor trials will be refixed for this coming week.
Meanwhile Tyrone have had several members elected to Ulster Council.Veteran fixtures secretary Paddy Donnelly moves to registrar, Eileen Jones is the new asst secretary while Ashling Doyle is the new fixtures secretary, the Kilesshil lady doubling up as fixtures supremo in Tyrone as well.
It emerged at the convention that Tyrone were still leading the way in terms of membership also. Outgoing registrar John Joe Brady revealed that membership numbers were up in Ulster by 67 on the previous year with 13,214 members registered in 216 clubs. Once again Tyrone lead the way with 2817 members registered, an increase of 226 on 2009.
There will be a Tyrone County Board meeting on Tuesday at Cappagh and this will be the first meeting to be chaired by new County Chairman Martin Conway.