Cavanagh highlights harmony in Tyrone amid expenses row
It's been one of those weeks in the GAA where it seemed the games were merely peripheral to what the Association is about, or at least the primary purpose, which is the staging of and playing matches.
A rule-change Congress normally brings that kind of reaction anyway, but the stories emerging from Tyrone about mileage expenses being unpaid, or arriving late, and in particular a request for the players to pay £15 each towards foam rollers and the like left many seasoned Red Hands watchers agog.
Washing their linen in public is a new phenomenon for people involved in Tyrone GAA, and it has prompted the following statement from Sean Cavanagh (right), released to the media yesterday afternoon.
It read: "On behalf of the Tyrone senior football squad (2017), I wish to make it known that we are very well resourced by the County Board, Club Tyrone and our other sponsors and brand partners.
"Yes, there were some issues of a minor nature but these matters are being addressed. We are most grateful for the continued support of the County Board, Club Tyrone and our other generous sponsors. Tyrone senior football captain, Sean Cavanagh."
Elsewhere in Tyrone, it is a big week for the camogs of Eglish, who bridge a 24-year gap this Sunday when they play Myshall in the All-Ireland Intermediate final.
This game provides the curtain-raiser for Slaughtneil and Sarsfields in the senior final at Croke Park.
In the O'Doherty Cup final played yesterday, Chrissy McKaigue proved his insatiable thirst for trophies once again when his St Mary's, Limavady side beat fellow county men St Mary's, Clady on a rough day for football in Owenbeg, the scoreline ending up 1-8 to 0-7.
By half-time, the Roe Valley side had pushed their way into a 1-6 to 0-3 lead and dug in for the second half when facing the wind. Their goal came after 15 minutes from the highly-rated Callum Brown.
Tonight sees another big college game, the replay between St Mary's, Magherafelt and St Paul's, Bessbrook in a battle to see who will face St Colman's, Newry in the MacRory Cup final on St Patrick's Day.
The game throws in at the Athletic Grounds, Armagh at 7.30pm.