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Whistler Hurson gets call-up for big match in Ulster

By John Campbell

Tyrone referee Sean Hurson hopes he will be taking the first step in what could prove a busy championship summer for him when officiates at the Fermanagh v Antrim Ulster senior football championship preliminary round tie at Brewster Park, Enniskillen, on Sunday.

Hurson has come to the fore recently having handled a number of important games and as one of the 18-strong elite group of championship referees he is not surprisingly keeping his fingers crossed that some major assignments will come his way.

A former player with the Galbally club, Hurson subsequently moved to Ardboe and has been a referee for eight years.

 “I have had the opportunity to meet a lot of good people but referees are like players, they just have to keep working so that they can be on top of their game,” says Hurson.

Hurson has taken charge of several games at Croke Park and naturally relishes the prospect of perhaps one day being allocated the All-Ireland final.

 For the moment, though, he is focused on furthering his career as a whistler by showing his capabilities in the provincial championships.

 For Cavan’s Noel Mooney, this is his first year on the elite championship panel of referees while Ciaran Branagan (Down), Barry Cassidy (Derry) and Padraig Hughes) are other Ulster referees also on the list.

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