Breaking Ball – January 26th


Promotion the aim as hurlers face Louth

Allianz National Hurling League Division 3A

Roscommon v Louth on Sunday at Dr Hyde Park at 2.30 pm

Roscommon’s aim in this new league season will be to be promoted, and they can take a major step along that route when they face Louth in their opening league game at Hyde Park on Sunday. It is a nice idea to be doubling up with the footballers and it is only right that the hurlers play on the magnificent new pitch too.

  Ciaran Comerford is the new Roscommon manager and he is looking forward to the campaign.

  “We have a lot of hard work done at this stage and everyone on the panel is fit and raring to go. We have a few niggly injuries but nothing serious.

  “It is nice to be starting with a home match and this is a game that we will be expecting to win but we will not be taking Louth for granted. They have had a few games in the Kehoe Cup and that will stand to them. They also have a couple of lads from Clare on their team so they will be sticky enough opponents.

  “But our lads are ready for the match. It is great to be playing in Dr Hyde Park. It’s a superb pitch and should suit us. It would be nice if we could get some of the Roscommon fans to come early and give us a bit of support. It’s very important that we promote hurling in the county and this is an ideal opportunity,” he concluded.

  Promotion from this division is a must for Roscommon this year and they can take a first step toward the goal this Sunday at home with a comfortable win. Prediction: Roscommon


Ladies welcome the Faithful to Kiltoom

Lidl Ladies National Football League Division 3

Roscommon v Offaly in Kiltoom on Sunday at 2 pm

A place in the top four and a push for promotion will be the aim of Roscommon’s ladies footballers this coming league season and they begin their Division Three campaign with a game against Offaly at Kiltoom on Sunday.

  Roscommon were beaten by Wexford in the semi-finals of the league last season and they remain in the division and are the favourites to be promoted, and will be looking forward to the year ahead.

  Roscommon manager Michael Finneran says that he is relishing the challenge of the year ahead and can’t wait to get started this weekend.

  “There is a great buzz in the county surrounding ladies football at the moment. We all got a great boost when Marie McAleer got a major award for her great work over the years and the team have been training hard over the past couple of months.

  “We are without Nicole Dolan and Natalie McHugh who are out with long-term injuries but everyone else is available. We beat Offaly in a high-scoring game last year and we aim to start our campaign with a win on Sunday. Our team are progressing all the time and the age profile of the girls is ideal at the moment so we are confident we can do well in the league and championship,” he said.

  Sinead Kenny has been appointed as the captain of the team for this year with Laura Fleming as the vice-captain.

  Roscommon will play Meath as a curtain-raiser to the Roscommon v Down National Football League Division Two tie on Sunday, February 11th at Dr Hyde Park. The ladies should start with two points in Kiltoom on Sunday. Prediction: Roscommon