Tomas Corrigan has a special reason for hoping that Fermanagh come out on top when they meet Wicklow in the Allianz Football League Division Four final at Croke Park on Saturday.
Earlier this month his father Dominic, a former Fermanagh manager, was in charge of the St Michael’s Enniskillen side that lost in the All-Ireland Hogan Cup final to St Mary’s Coolderry of Offaly at Headquarters.
Now Tomas is keen to restore family pride by playing his part in taking the Ernesiders to a rare trophy success. Tomas played in the St Michael’s MacRory Cup team before leaving the school and is now a key component in Peter Canavan’s Erne forward division.
But with Wicklow having fully extended his team earlier in the league, Tomas is treading warily as he approaches Fermanagh’s biggest match for quite some time.
“Wicklow are a strong, physical side but they have lots of skill too. They will be very difficult to beat,” points out the 19-year-old.
“While I was absolutely delighted that St Michael's won the MacRory Cup, I was naturally disappointed that they lost in the Hogan Cup decider.
“But maybe Fermanagh will make up for that to some extent on Saturday — I certainly hope so.”
He is one of several players to whom manager Canavan will be looking to for scores against a team that is not short on experience and craft. Fermanagh liaison officer Gerard Treacy admits Wicklow could have defeated Fermanagh in the league.
“We considered ourselves rather fortunate to have beaten them by two points and they have improved from that performance,” he says.
There has been a widespread welcome for the Ulster Council’s decision to introduce a new ticket price structure for this year’s Championship. In recent months the Council has benefited from increased attendances at the provincial club championship, the Power NI Dr McKenna Cup and the Ulster U-21 football championship. Following a consultation process, the Council has now launched its new ticket price package which it feels reflects value for money taking into account the ongoing recession.
“We have been listening to our members and getting their feedback. We are now happy to confirm our attractive ticketing on the price structure that we have put in place for the forthcoming 2012 Championship,” says Farrell.
Under the new pricing structure, for instance, a family of five (two adults and three) can now watch a game from the terraces for £24 or €30.
The breakdown of prices is as follows: Quarter-Finals and Semi-Finals (Terrace): U16 — Free of charge; Student/Senior Citizen — £9/€10; Adult — £12/€15. Stand: Children — £5/€5, Senior Citizen — £12/€15, Adult — £20/€25.