Convent ready for All-Ireland test

All-Ireland Colleges Senior Camogie ‘C’ Championship Final: Convent of Mercy Roscommon v St. Joseph’s, Rochfortbridge. Saturday in Rochfortbridge at 3.15 pm

The Convent of Mercy senior camogie team can write another chapter in the rich history of sporting achievement at the school when they face St. Joseph’s, Rochfortbridge in the All-Ireland ‘C’ final on Saturday.

  The school have a fantastic sporting record in a variety of sports in recent years and now it is the turn of the camogie team to take centre stage.

  Camogie at underage level is enjoying a very successful period in the county and two of the players who will line out on Saturday will have been part of Roscommon‘s win at All-Ireland minor level last year, Rachel Fitzmaurice and Niamh Farrell.

  The team are managed jointly by Teresa Hession and Edel Connolly and earlier this week Teresa Hession told the Roscommon People about preparations for the final.   

  “We are really looking forward to this final but the school is doing really well in sport in general. We have teams in soccer, and ladies football playing at All-Ireland level this year alone. But we appreciate being in an All-Ireland final and it’s nice to be there.

  “We have a strong panel. There are only a handful of players overage for the County Minor panel this year. The panel are made up of players from Tulsk, St. Dominic’s, Oran, Four Roads, Athleague and Roscommon Gaels.

  “We had fallen down the ranks a bit but we are on the way back up again. We played St. Cuan’s twice in Connacht including in the final and we beat them well in that. Then we had to face the Dublin area champions, Dunshaughlin, in the quarter-final in Trim and we won by two points after a huge battle on a terrible day weather wise. Then we played Carrigaline in the semi-final in Lisnamult and we won that so we have had a good campaign.

  “Rochfortbridge are a good side and are a bit like ourselves. They would be drawing from the clubs close to them and they would be strong in places like Raharney and other clubs like that. They were in the All-Ireland Junior ‘B’ semi-final last week so a lot of those players will probably feature again on Saturday against us. They have plenty of good young players so we will be up against it.

  “There is plenty of excitement around the school this week and there are flags and posters going up and it’s great for the morale in the school to be in an All Ireland final. We have a huge emphasis in sport here in this school, which is probably unusual for a girls’ school. We are competing in 16 different sports at a competitive level. It’s great to see them playing a number of sports. A lot of the girls play football and other sports as well. But it is really exciting to be in this All-Ireland final and we will be hoping we can play well and win it,” she concluded.