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Omagh Accies back in training ahead of AIL season

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Omagh Accies back in training ahead of AIL season thumbnailOmagh Accies coach, Phil Marshall, begins his team's pre-season training this week ahead of their All-Ireland League campaign.

OMAGH Academicals are starting their pre-season training this week ahead of a very exciting campaign back in the senior ranks.

Team coach Phil Marshall is aware of the stern task facing the Accies this season.

"This is a massive challenge for us but one we have worked hard to achieve and we are looking forward to pitting our wits against the likes of Dungannon, Rainey, Belfast Harlequins, Rainey and Malone in the Ulster Senior League Section B which will commence on the last Saturday in August".

The Accies will then embark on their latest crusade in the All-Ireland League ranks where they will travel the length and breadth of the country to Cork to take on old adversaries Midelton, west to do battle with relatively near neighbours Sligo and onto the North Down peninsula and the seaside to face Bangor.

"We are very excited about this year and although it will be extremely tough, we are delighted to welcome some new faces on board such as Simon McCarroll, Luke Hanson, Peter Eves and Lee Warnock.

"Omagh are very fortunate in that we have an excellent youth system and feeder school in Omagh Academy with half a dozen new players joining from the U18s and school respectively to get their first taste of adult rugby. This will prove invaluable in building competition and depth as a club as we anticipate a very competitive season ahead"

"I see great potential in many of these young players and look forward to working with them and developing them in the weeks month and years ahead", he added.

Marshall also commented that he was hoping to welcome back some players injured at the end of last season including Alan Heaney, Mikey Gibson, John Blair and Yonga Taleni.

"We need to see all our players out at training. We are a senior club now and have to treat training and our efforts as such", he stressed, before adding "everyone is welcome at training, current and former players, or if you haven't played before or fancy putting the boots on again, you will be very welcome".

Accies training sessions are on Tuesday and Thursday nights at the club commencing at 7.30 sharp

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