TENNENT'S/UGAAWA MERIT AWARD FOR DECEMBER 2003


Tyrone football may be on the crest of a wave but rarely doesn't a team from the Red Hand County brush aside all others in hurling. That's what Carrickmore minors have achieved by winning the Ulster Under-18 annual competition.

The Eire Ogs brushed aside caman strongholds such as Keady, Banagher and Ballycran to collect the club's first provincial hurling title and it is due to the dedication and hard work of the team's manager PETER KERR.

College lecturer Peter (34) is a hurler of note himself but over the past

decade has been instilling the delights of the caman game into the youth of Carrickmore. Most of the present minor side has been under his guidance since they were nine or ten years of age and now the fruits of the labour have ripened.

"Some of these lads are second generation hurlers so that makes it a bit easier," explains the manager. "It was a mighty achievement to win the Ulster minor title. It was always our dream to give Ulster a rattle," he enthuses.

Peter is still a major cog in the Carrickmore senior teams and has played with Tyrone hurlers. He has won seven Tyrone SHC medals and three Tyrone SFC awards. He was also a member of the Carrickmore team that collected the Ulster Hurling Shield a couple of years ago. His brothers Oliver and John are also noted Carrickmore hurlers.

Peter Kerr, the first hurling man from Tyrone to feature in our monthly

awards, edged out teenagers for the honour. He was presented with his award, which included a Belleek vase, sports vouchers from Tennent's and Pro-Star Sport, by Seamus Horisk, Tennent's Regional Sales Manager, at a reception in the Ulster Brewery on Wednesday, January 14.

Peter receives the award ahead of Joe Quigley, who captained Armagh Harps to win the Ulster MF Tournament, and Sean Downey (Carrickmacross Emmet's) who shone during the St Paul's event.

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