Ahead of the Youth Forum at Kellys Inn on Thursday night Tyrone Youth officer Eugene McConnell has expressed his satisfaction at the way a busy season has reached a conclusion. The campaign comes to an end this weekend with minor league finals in both football and Hurling and the Clogher clubman expressed his thanks and gratitude to everyone for their co-operation.
“It has been great the way that things have worked out. It was with trepidation that I embarked on my first year back as Youth Officer but I had a philosophy that I was going to work with the clubs and we have went about our business with the minimum of fuss.
If clubs couldn’t play a game on a certain date we first of all let them try to come to an agreement about a refixture and the vast majority of games were played on time. The exception of course was the minor football but that was a price worth paying when you win an All Ireland title.
In all there was a total of 844 youth football matches played and 45 hurling and that couldn’t have been done without the cooperation of the clubs, management teams and the Youth committee who all had the same aim and we worked in tandem to reach that.
I have to say thanks to the clubs who hosted youth games this season as we were able to obtain venues at the first time of asking and that meant that we didn’t have to go chasing for somewhere to play. There was a good spread of clubs who got hosting Youth finals and I feel that we succeeded in raising the profile of our games by staging fixtures in the latter stages of various competitions as curtain raisers to senior games.”