COUNTY chairman Francie Devine has paid tribute to everyone who has contributed in any way to ensuring Tyrone’s participation in this year’s SuperCupNI.
In thanking the players, parents, coaches, officials and sponsor Schimmel Distribution the Strabane man insisted it had been a real team effort by all concerned.
“I like to thank the committee first and foremost,” he said.
“We believe we have three of the best coaches in the business and anything the players needed they have got it.
“Anything we have asked of the coaches they have accommodated us.
“A big thank you also to the parents who have given up their time and travelled quite a few miles in facilitating the preparation process.
“And of course we can’t forget Alan Gregg and Schimmel, without him we simply couldn’t compete.
“A mention too to everyone who placed adverts in our booklet and to Derry City and Strabane Council who supported us financially and honoured us with a reception. It was greatly appreciated.”
On the playing side of things Devine is hoping for better fortune than the Tyrone teams enjoyed some 12 months ago.
The chairman insists the players have never been better prepared.
“We’d like a wee bit better luck this year than we had last time,” he added.
“They’re certainly well prepared and most of the players will have a fair idea what it’s all about.
“What perhaps no-one realises is that there is a lot of pressure on these lads.
“There’s always going to be pressure playing on a stage like this and the players have to learn to cope with that.
“Of course, an early goal in a game can boost the confidence and help the players to relax.
“The boys are looking forward to the week and everything is now in place
“It’s a week they’ll never forget. It’s a week when they get a taste of what life might be like as a professional.”
Chief sponsor Alan Gregg has meanwhile wished the Tyrone teams all the best for this year’s tournament which kicks-off on Monday.
“We are delighted to sponsor the lads because we are doing it now three years. They came very, very close to winning the Premier competition two years ago and that was great to see,” he said.
“It’s great to be involved in something like this and hopefully we can see someone from Tyrone go on to bigger and better things.
“It would be good to see more people lend their support because the boys need it.
“I wish both teams success and hopefully they will go far.”