Coaching Corner

Successful intercounty U16 football blitz  Last Saturday week Roscommon coaching and games development held a very successful four-team intercounty U16 football development blitz day involving Roscommon, Longford, Sligo and Leitrim at St. Faithleachs GAA pitch, Ballyleague. In the two semi-finals Roscommon and Sligo overcame Leitrim and Longford respectively. In the main final Roscommon defeated Sligo, with Longford getting the better of Leitrim. This was a great opportunity for all teams to use their full panel of players. Roscommon have now taken a break until the junior cert exams are over. We thank St.  Faithleachs for the use of their beautiful facilities and Paul Enright for feeding all teams on the day along with Ollie Kelly for providing referees for the four matches. Primary schools finals on the menu The next two weeks will see all cumann na Mbunscoll primary schools finals take place. First off was the hurling finals yesterday  (Wednesday evening June 4th) in Padraig Pearses, with Camoige finals on Thursday evening. On Wednesday evening June 11th Dr. Hyde Park will host the boys football finals and on the following evening the girls finals take place. The coaching corner wishes the very best of luck to all the young players. Best wishes to exam students this week The Roscommon coaching and games development committee would like to wish all students who are doing exams this week the very best of luck. Primary schools skills star challenge dates and venues The response to our new skills star challenge in both football and hurling initiative which tests the skills of players in both codes has generated great interest among all the 6th class boys and girls in the majority of primary schools. Each child is tested on 10 different skills with their strong and weak foot in football and weak side in hurling. The county final for boys will be held in Kilbride GAA Park on Tuesday evening June 17th at 4 pm and the girls final on Thursday evening June 19th, also at 4 pm. The hurling skills for boys and girls will take place in Dr. Hyde Park on Friday June 20th at 11 am. All our part-time coaches will be informing all schools this week regarding the competition.   Connacht U14 hurling feile in Galway This year’s Connacht U14 hurling feile will take place in Dangan on Saturday June 14th with Roscommon having two squads on the day. Events commences at 11.15 am sharp. In group one Roscommon are in with Galway (1), Galway (2) and Mayo. In group 2 Roscommon (2) and Mayo (2) are grouped with Sligo and Leitrim. VHI Roscommon cul camps forms to be returned We would ask all parents to return the VHI Roscommon cul camp forms for the various venues in both football and hurling to GAA games manager Willie Hegarty at the Roscommon county GAA board office ASAP. Roscommon CBS 1st years claim colleges B league title Roscommon CBS 1st year football team recorded a great victory over St. Attractas (Sligo) by 5-7 to 3-9 to win the Connacht Colleges B league last Wednesday evening week in Frenchpark. This talented team have now completed the Connacht Colleges league and championship double and will play A football next year. Congrats to teachers and trainers Carol Hoare and Seamus Heneghan and the entire panel on their success. Castlerea CS claim 2nd year Connacht football title Unlucky in the championship Castlerea CS 2nd year football team got a just reward for their hard work this year by winning the Connacht Colleges C league title last week as they defeated St. Tiernans, Crossmolina in the decider to conclude a very productive few weeks on the football front for the school. Connacht U12 ground hurling blitz This year’s Connacht U12 club ground hurling blitz day will be held on Saturday June 7th in Padraig Pearses. Further information can be obtained from Ann Connaughton or Roger Hynes, Coiste Iomana. U14 hurling development squad coaching Roscommon U14 hurling development squad continue their preparation for the Connacht feile in Galway on June 14th with training on each Saturday morning in Athleague at 10.30 am sharp. The possibility is that Roscommon will have a game with Mayo on this Saturday. Prionsias Killian will inform players if the game is on.   Roscommon GAA VHI Cul camps We have the full itinerary below of this year’s Roscommon GAA VHI Cul camps and a full list of dates and venues for all our young boys and girls.  County Co-ordinator Willie Hegarty 086-8356227 Venue: Dr Hyde Park Roscommon; Co-ordinator: Willie Hegarty; Contact No: 086-8356227; Sport H/F/C: Football; Dates: 30/06/08 to 04/07/08; Times: Mon-Fri 10am to 2.30pm. Venue: Abbey Park  Boyle; Co-ordinator: Peter Carney; Contact No: 086-8534709; Sport H/F/C: Hurling/Camogie; Dates: 30/06/08 to 04/07/08; Times: Mon-Fri 10am to 2.30pm. Venue: St Dominic’s GAA Park; Co-ordinator: Prionsias Killian; Contact No: 086-8603816; Sport H/F/C: Hurling/Camogie; Dates: 30/06/08 to 04/07/08; Times: Mon to Fri 10am to 2.30pm.Venue: Dr Hyde Park Roscommon; Co-ordinator: Willie Hegarty; Contact No: 086-8356227; Sport H/F/C: Football; Dates: 07/07/08 to 11/07/08; Times: Mon-Fri 10am to 2.30pm. Venue: Orchard Park Elphin; Co-ordinator: Peter Carney; Contact No: 086-8534709; Sport H/F/C: Football; Dates: 07/07/08 to 11/07/08; Times: Mon-Fri 10am to 2.30pm. Venue: Four Roads; Co-ordinator: Prionsias Killian; Contact No: 086-8603816; Sport H/F/C: Hurling/Camogie; Dates: 07/07/08 to 11/07/08; Times: Mon to Fri 10am to 2.30pm. Venue: Phairc An Phiarsaigh; Co-ordinator: Willie Hegarty; Contact No: 086-8356227; Sport H/F/C: Football; Dates: 14/07/08 to 18/07/08; Times: Mon-Fri 10am to 2.30pm. Venue: St Barry’s GAA Park; Co-ordinator: Peter Carney; Contact No: 086-8534709; Sport H/F/C: Football; Dates: 14/07/08 to 18/07/08; Times: Mon-Fri 10am to 2.30pm. Venue: Dr Hyde Park Roscommon; Co-ordinator: Prionsias Killian; Contact No: 086-8603816; Sport H/F/C: Hurling/Camogie; Dates: 14/07/08 to 18/07/08; Times: Mon to Fri 10am to 2.30pm. Venue: O’Rourke Park Castlerea; Co-ordinator: Peter Carney; Contact No: 086-8534709; Sport H/F/C: Football; Dates: 21/07/08 to 25/07/08; Times: Mon-Fri 10am to 2.30pm.Venue: Dr Hyde Park Roscommon; Co-ordinator: Willie Hegarty and Pronsias Killian; Contact No: 086-8356227 and 086-8603816; Sport H/F/C: Football/Hurling/Camogie; Dates: 21/07/08 to 25/08/08; Times: Mon-Fri 10am to 2.30pm. Venue: Phairc An Phiarsaigh; Co-ordinator: Prionsias Killian; Contact No: 086-8603816; Sport H/F/C: Hurling/Camogie; Dates: 28/07/08 to 01/08/08; Times: Mon to Fri 10am to 2.30pm.