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Lucky Barróg bag kit and training with Canavan

AS if regaining their senior league football status wasn't enough good luck for one year, Naomh Barróg also were fortunate enough to be the recipients of a fantastic prize won by the grandfather of one of their juvenile players.

Michael Fenton showed serious football knowledge when winning the grand prize in the GAA's Last Man Standing competition 2013, claiming the prize of a set of jerseys for the team of his choice, to be presented by Tyrone football great Peter Canavan.

Michael predicted the final score in last year's All-Ireland Football Final and his knowledge and forethought was to his club's benefit last weekend. Along with the jerseys, the prize also included a training session for the club's senior footballers to be given by the former All-Ireland-winning captain and Fermanagh manager.

On a bright and cool Saturday afternoon, Canavan presented the set of jerseys to the Naomh Barróg U11 team, represented by player Aaron Comerford and mentors Páraic Tierney and Ciarán Kenny with club chairman Liam Byrne and senior football manager Patsy Comerford also on hand.

After the presentation Peter and the senior footballers took to the field for a training session which, despite the date, had all the intensity and enthusiasm of summer championship training.

Canavan's address to the players afterwards focussed on what was required of modern footballers to achieve their goals; dedication, commitment, hard work and focus are all needed if one's potential is to be reached.

He gave numerous examples of players on teams he played with, regarded universally as great players, who only reached the skill level required of winners following endless hours of practice and commitment.

Indeed, Peter's magic whistle seemed to add an extra spring to the step of lads not normally known for their exuberance in training.