Breaking Ball – October 27th


Comerford new hurling boss

By  Dan Dooner

Ciaran Comerford was announced as the new Roscommon senior hurling manager yesterday (Wednesday).

  The former Laois and Portumna player had been a coach with Roscommon in 2017 and his backroom team will include Johnny Keane and Gary Murphy.

  Comerford boasts a wealth of experience having also coached in Laois and Galway and he says he’s looking forward to taking the reins with training due to begin next month.

  “We’ve dropped down a division and so that should be helpful with developing game plans and a style of play.

  “It’s an advantage that I was involved with the backroom this year, I know what players are there and there are a few more I’d like to get on board too.

  “Hopefully we can kick on early (in 2018), get a few wins and get the confidence up. I’ve a very good backroom team with Johnny Keane from Portumna as coach and Gary Murphy as strength and conditioning coach. They’re two top quality lads and we’ll be doing our best to have the players in top shape for hurling. We’ll certainly be leaving no stone unturned anyway.”

  Roscommon have been drawn in Group One of next year’s Christy Ring Cup alongside Wicklow, Mayo and Kildare.


Pearses face Toureen test

By Seamus Duke


Roscommon senior hurling champions Pádraig Pearses will meet Mayo champions Toureen next Monday at 2 pm in Athleague in the Connacht Intermediate Championship semi-final.

  Once again they will be depending on young guns like Daniel Glynn and Daniel Staunton and others like Shane Naughton, David Loughnane, Cathal Kelly and Tomas Seale.

  Toureen were impressive winners against Ballyhaunis last weekend in the Mayo final but if Pearses display the intensity that we saw in the county final they have every chance of progressing to the provincial final.


Athleague advance to semi!


The county camogie champions Athleague beat Tara (London) 1-7 to 2-1 last Sunday in Athleague to book their place in the All-Ireland Junior Club Semi-Final.

  Athleague started brightly and raced into a five point lead before the London champions raised the green flag just after the break.

  Kelley Hopkins then repeated her county final penalty heroics after Annette McGeeney was fouled and this seemed to settle Athleague. They held on despite Tara grabbing a second goal late on.

  Seamus Qualter’s side have a Vincent Lawless Cup clash with Athenry this Saturday at 3.30 pm in Athleague.

  They will then face either Clanmaurice (Kerry) or Na Piarsaigh (Limerick) on November 12th in the All-Ireland Junior Final.


Mary’s set for Connacht Final!

By Seamus Duke

St. Mary’s of Tulsk will take on Galway champions Tuam/Cortoon in the Connacht Junior Club Final at Enfield at 3 pm on Saturday. The Roscommon girls will be hoping to build on their good win against Claremorris in the semi-final but it will not be easy against a highly-rated Galway outfit.

  The likes of Louise Brady, Gillian Dufficy, Emma Jones, Aoife Jones, Niamh Feeney and Aisling Lenehan will be expected to lead from the front and the Roscommon champions are capable of putting up big tallies.

  Tuam/Cortoon, who depend on Galway star player Emer Flaherty for inspiration, will be hard beaten. It should be a competitive final and hopefully there will be a big crowd there to support St. Mary’s.