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Pomeroy have earned right to party after final triumph

By Joh Campbell

Pomeroy manager Mark Harte clearly believes that all work and no play can make Jack a dull boy. That's why he is keen to see his players enjoy a respite from action before they focus on the All-Ireland club intermediate football series in the wake of their stunning Ulster club final triumph against Donaghmoyne last weekend.

It was a match that was expected to test Pomeroy to the full, but in the end Harte's men won with comparative ease.

Now the Armagh schoolteacher is encouraging his players to enjoy the festive season before they get their noses to the grindstone again.

"The players have given tremendous commitment for the whole of the calendar year to date and you can't expect more than that from them. They have earned the right to party," said Harte.

Such has been the extent of Pomeroy's progress that there is now an expectation the side will make a significant impact in the All-Ireland series.

Skipper Tommy Bloomer has hailed the Ulster title coup as "the icing on our centenary cake" but wants more silverware.

"It was our intention from the semi-final win over Castledawson to really put our shoulder to the wheel and come good again in the final against Donaghmoyne and thankfully that's exactly what has happened," said Bloomer.

"We have players of a good age in our side and that is a big help. Then you have the likes of Aidy McGarrity who just keeps getting big scores in matches and this helps to fuel our confidence.

"Naturally we are delighted to be representing Tyrone and Ulster in the All-Ireland club series and while our centenary celebrations might be coming to an end, I think that if there is something to be celebrated in the early part of 2017 then I believe that this will be done with considerable enthusiasm."

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