The frustrations of organising ladies football were evident this week in Tyrone. Just over a week since the Bord Gais Energy national league was launched in a blaze of publicity it appears that rather disappointingly the ladies are left in the lurch yet again. The new look Tyrone side, that enjoyed a good opening weekend win over Mayo are set to face Laois this weekend at a Tyrone venue. Despite the support of the men’s county board which had supported proposed a double header at Healy Park as Mickey Hartes side face Kerry it appears that the game will certainly not be at the premier Tyrone venue.

The fault if it can be regarded that way, lies further afield though as Croke Park officials were concerned about a double header at this time of year.

Laois had agreed to come to Tyrone for an early throw in however its emerged that is now not the case and with pitches at a premium in Tyrone and with the focus on the rematch at Healy Park county secretary Maggie Skelton was burning the midnight oil in an attempt to pull a venue out of the bag. Not the best build up to another difficult division one tie.


On the park, whatever park it may be, Tyrone are looking sharp as they prepare to face the Leinster side. A steady performance against Mayo produced a valuable points haul and the management were happy at the work rate shown. In the two weeks since, the new management team of Colm Donnelly and Niall Colton have run the rule over the entire squad and its expected there could be an overhaul again. The postponement of the Universities Dowd cup afforded the university based Tyrone players extra time to focus on the national league again and in turn the bulk of those players will come into the reckoning this weekend fresh and raring to go.

With games against Kerry, Armagh and Donegal in the national league and with the Dowd cup and O’Connor cup still to come for a number of the squad it’s a hectic time.


Laois come to Tyrone topping the table after a facile victory over a weakened Donegal, the 7-12 to 1-5 score-line tells its own tale and with the bulk of the Tir Connell girls unavailable its hard to ascertain what really the Leinster side have to offer. No doubt Tyrone will serve up a sterner test than their Ulster rivals.




The Tyrone ladies website will be closed for the next three weeks. It is set to undergo a complete overhaul. The Tyrone site maintained by Omagh company E plus design was one of the first ladies sites in the country when it emerged three years ago. There has been issues over the past months about the site updates etc but after discussions between the county PRO and Designer Niall McSorley a new format has been decided upon and its set to be a more easy accessible site with fixtures, results, reports and the latest news and views from the world of Tyrone and Ulster ladies football. A new photo gallery is set to be unveiled with clubs being able to supply weekly notes and updates. The new site will be officially launched at the start of March.
In the meantime all the latest from Tyrone will be on the Ulster and national site

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