This afternoon (Thursday) Athleague’s hurling community anxiously awaits the result of a scan on the hand that guided the club to its third county championship of the decade last Sunday. Mervyn Connaughton has been unable to participate in training this week because of a hand injury that he sustained in last Monday’s Connacht quarter-final victory over St. Joseph’s of Sligo. His absence would significantly lessen the Roscommon champions’ chances of beating Ballina in this Saturday’s Connacht semi-final. The loss of the inspirational midfielder would be a further blow to a club that will have to play for a third championship game in six days. Athleague won the county final replay on Sunday and defeated St. Joseph’s on Monday afternoon in the first round of the Connacht championship! The club is already reeling from the loss of full-back Colm Moran and Connaughton’s absence would be another major blow. Saturday’s big game is against Ballina in Ballina at 3.00 pm. Meanwhile there were great celebrations in camogie circles in Athleague too when the club defeated Four Roads in the senior camogie final at the weekend. This weekend there’s important football action on the agenda with St. Dominics meeting Moycullen of Galway in the Connacht Intermediate Championship in Pearse Stadium in Galway at 2 pm on Saturday (see preview on page 45) and the County Junior final between St. Barrys and Creggs in Tulsk at 2.30 on Sunday (preview page 45). The Cahill’s Supervalu Minor Div. 3 final replay between Kilmore and Kilglass Gaels will be played in Tarmonbarry at 12 o’clock on Sunday.