Tyrone confirm squad for TESCO HomeGrown NFL


Tyrone will open their Tesco Homegrown national league campaign on Sunday with a trip to Mayo. The test says new manager Mickey Rea will be to see just how far Tyrone have come since a heavy championship loss to Mayo last Summer or perhaps how far they need to go as they step out into a new league campaign.


Still in division one, Tyrone’s new manager has made changes both on and off the park, the hope is that Tyrone will challenge for honours again and indeed reach the dizzy heights of 2010 when they secured a place in the all Ireland final.


This year admits the manager is about transition, some of the better known players are no longer around but take nothing away from the new look squad, “There’s an abundance of quality here” says the Derrytresk man.


In terms of the squad veteran forward Gemma Begley has been handed the captains armband for 2013, a quality forward but a good leader too Begley will be joined in the forwards by plenty of talented score getters, vice captain Cathy Donnelly, the impressive Dearbla McCallan and Lycrecia Quinn are among the thirty one named by the management team in preparation for the national league.
Theres still a sping in the step of Catriona McGahan, Maura McMenamin and Orla O’Neill while Clodagh Poyntz and Joline Donnelly are relishing the new season, hungry for success. Errigal Ciarans Shannon Quinn returns fully fit after a nasty hand injury required surgery as does St Enda’s Christiane Hunter who battled back from knee surgery last Spring to come off the bench against Mayo in the championship, minors from 2012 also feature Omagh’s Emma Collins goalkeeper Leah Lynch from Castlederg and Faoiltiarna Keenan from Killeshill all form a new look Tyrone squad that also features some returning players including Poyntz, Naomi McAnulla and Ashling O’Kane.
Lynda Donnelly and Eimear Teague have announced inter county retirements, Sarah Connolly is travelling, Sarah Donnelly remains out injured while Neamh Woods  didn’t make herself available.
A new era beckons for Tyrone ladies football but they face a stern test in this highly competitive division one campaign.


Tyrone Squad:
Shannon Lynch Castlederg
Maria Donnelly St Macartans
Laura Mc Gillion Cookstown
Tori Mc Laughlin Strabane
Carol Dooher Clann Na Gael
Joanne Donnelly Dromore
Maura Mc Menamin St Macartans
Shannon Quinn Errigal
Emma Hegarty Donaghmore
Gemma Begley Carrickmore
Carol McGlinchey Aodh Ruadh
Joline Donnelly St Macartans
Cathy Donnelly St Macartans
Orla O Neill Dromore
Catriona Mc Gahan Killeshill
Lycrecia Quinn Errigal
Paula Donnelly St Macartans
Orla Mallon Aodh Ruadh
Patrica O Neill Moy
Christiane Hunter Omagh
Emma Collins Omagh
Leah Lynch Castlederg
Faoiltiarna Keenan Killeshill
Clodagh Poyntz Cappagh
Naomi Mc Anulla Cappagh
Aisling O Kane Glenelly
Mary Cassidy Aodh Ruadh
Nicola Rafferty Aodh Ruadh
Dearbhla Mc Callan Carrickmore
Angeline Mc Shane Clann Na Gael
Alana Mc Shane Clann Na Gael

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