Camogie team ‘has self-belief’ to retain Division One status – Kelly

Minor A Shield All-Ireland Championship R3:
Roscommon v Clare on Sunday in Clare at 2 pm

Members of the Roscommon minor camogie management team, including joint manager Colm Kelly (third from left) who spoke to the Roscommon People about the team’s progress.

 Roscommon play in a must-win Minor Championship Division One match against Clare this Sunday, with their Division One status on the line.

Speaking about Roscommon’s first season as a Division One team, Colm Kelly, joint manager, said: “This is huge for a Roscommon camogie team to play in the Division One Championship against two big guns from Munster, in Limerick and Clare, and a real traditional camogie team from Leinster in Offaly.

“Historically, this is the first time a Roscommon camogie team has played in Division One. People have to remember that we are represented by seven clubs, whereas Limerick and Clare, etc., have 26-plus clubs to pick from.

“The first game against Offaly was a real eye-opener on two counts. The first 30 minutes of camogie was the best of any performance we have seen by a Roscommon underage team.

“Roscommon outplayed Offaly on every level, but we learned a harsh lesson… that if you give a Division One  team even an inch they will take a mile – and that’s exactly what they did in the second half. We lost by a point but took a lot of learning from the battle.

“The next match, versus Limerick, was another cracker. We let Limerick run the show for the first 15 minutes where we went seven points down, but we won the last 45 minutes by ten points to nine. Unfortunately we lost 16 points to 10 points but the girls were fantastic and never rolled over”.

When asked about the squad, Colm said: “They have a serious bond that brings a fight to the team they should be proud of”.

With the final group game against Clare taking place on Sunday, Colm added: “We have no doubt that they can and will beat Clare. There won’t be any negativity, only belief and hard work in preparation for the battle ahead.

“This team has found its level in Division One and with their efforts, passion for the game and sheer determination to win the ‘next ball’, nobody can say otherwise”.