A MARVELLOUS double success was being celebrated this week by two married couples from Trillick who are all members of this year’s victorious championship teams from the club.
Bernie and Damien Kelly and Sean and Brenda Kelly each shared in the joys of Sunday’s O’Neill Cup win over Killyclogher.
It was a case of the ladies leading the way as a few weeks ago Bernie and Brenda played on the team which won the Brenda Logue Cup for the Tyrone Junior title.
Then on Sunday came the big one as the ‘Reds’ captured the title for the first time in 29 years and made all the effort worthwhile.
“We cancelled a trip to see Ireland in the Rugby World Cup because of the football, but to be honest the win on Sunday made up for the weeks of sacrifices,” said Bernie, a native of Trillick who works in the local leisure centre.
“Damien wanted me to make sure that his porridge was ready in the morning! This is his 20th year playing for Trillick, so to win a county medal at last is brilliant.
“There was a great buzz around the town over the past few weeks with the ladies also winning the championship – Damien’s sister was the captain of that team.
“The game on Sunday was very exciting, particularly the finish, and after all the nerves it was just a great release,” she added.
Sean Kelly’s two young daughters were on hand to watch their father play a part in Trillick’s win. His wife, Brenda, says the photographs will be treasured momentos of a day to remember.
“Both daughters were at the match and they got to meet their daddy afterwards. It’s very special to have those pictures taken of the whole family on the pitch,” she said.
“I’m from Desertmartin in Derry originally and the chance to play for the ladies team has really helped me integrate into the community over the past couple of years.
“Sometimes training for the men and the ladies clashed, so the help of the rest of the family as babysitters is much appreciated.”