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Tuam venue in doubt for Red Hands opener

By Declan Bogue

Ongoing weather issues could affect Tyrone's opening two games in the National league.

It is believed that the Tuam pitch, where the Red Hands are due to open their campaign, will be subject to a pitch inspection. There is a good chance that this game will form part of a double-header on Sunday with Galway hurlers playing Antrim in Salthill.

Meanwhile, further doubt has been cast on the suitability of Healy Park to host games at this time of the year with the Tyrone hurlers having to move their clash against Warwickshire.

This could have a knock-on effect for the following weekend, with Tyrone set to host All-Ireland champions Dublin at the same venue. The matter is further complicated by Omagh St Enda's seeking to host a number of guests at the game as part of a corporate package.

A number of Tyrone club Championship matches had to be staged at Armagh's Athletic Grounds last autumn.

Manager Mickey Harte has named his side to start the test against Galway, with Michael McKernan making his full senior debut at corner-back.

TYRONE (V Galway): N Morgan; M McKernan, R McNamee, HP McGeary; T McCann, P Hampsey, P Harte; M Donnelly (C), P McNulty; C McCann, N Sludden, K McGeary; D McCurry, C McShane, C McAliskey.

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