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Heroics could be turned into a film

By Declan Bogue

St Mary's stunning Sigerson Cup campaign has been preserved in film and on camera, with the possibility of one of the most unlikely triumphs being made into a documentary.

Manager Paddy Tally, a huge fan of the American ESPN 30-for-30 series, told the Belfast Telegraph: "I have had the thing completely covered. We had our own cameraman with us the whole way through this process."

The St Mary's management team is unusual in that all of the backroom are in some way directly employed by the college.

As a coach, Gavin McGilly works for St Mary's as a sports development manager.

The highly-rated Stephen 'Archie' Beattie is another coach who is employed as a support officer in the college and is able to meet students daily.

Conal ÓMairtin has long held ties with the college and played inter-county football for a brief spell with Tyrone, while gaining profile as a matchday analyst for TG4 as well as appearing in Irish language programmes for the BBC.

Athletics coach Gary Martin came into the college this year and has helped with the players' conditioning.

Elaine McLaughlin, meanwhile, works in the PE department and she compiled all the team stats.

She is also Northern Ireland senior netball coach, having won 50 caps as a player. Her information helped Tally and his team make informed decisions on in-game changes.

They also had Ciaran Kearney helping out as a performance consultant. Kearney sits on the Policing Board and is a doctoral researcher. In recent times, he was in the Trillick club when they won the Tyrone Championship.

He was responsible for getting the players in the right mindset.

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