Tyrone clubs gearing up for Ulster senior hurling league
Tyrone’s five senior hurling clubs are currently going through their paces for the start of the Ulster Hurling League, which begins on Saturday week.
It is a fair indication as to the strength of Tyrone hurling that their three leading clubs, Carrickmore Eire Og’s, Dungannon Eoghain Ruadh and Naomh Colum Cille are all competing in Division Three, with Cappagh Gaels (Killyclogher/Omagh) and Strabane Shamrock’s vying for honours in Division Four.
Tyrone senior champions Carrickmore will do battle in an ultra competitive Division 3A section that contains opposition from Donegal, Derry, Antrim and Down. The Eire Og’s visiting Bredagh for their opening round assignment on Saturday 19th February. Na Magha (Derry), MacChumaill (Donegal), Clooney Gaels (Antrim) and Robert Emmett’s Cushendun (Antrim) completing the Eire Og’s opposition.
Moving into Division 3B, Tyrone hurling fans will have an early Tyrone derby to look forward to as East Tyrone rivals Dungannon and Naomh Colum Cille cross swords. Dungannon host Down outfit Ballela in round one with the Loughshore amalgamation travelling to Hibernian Park to face Burt. Former Ulster Intermediate Club champions St Gall’s Belfast, Lisbellaw St Patrick’s and Tir Na NÓg Randalstown complete this section, which is sure to be keenly contested.
The remaining Tyrone representation feature in Division Four with Cappagh Gaels vying for honours in 4A. The Killyclogher/Omagh amalgamation entertain St Mary’s Rasharkin, on day one. The Antrim men contesting the 2009 Ulster Junior Club Final against Tyrone’s Naomh Colum Cille, while Strabane Shamrock’s will travel to Pairc Esler in Newry to play their Shamrock namesakes in Division 4B.