EYES ON THE BALL Championship views: the people have their say

EYES ON THE BALL Championship views: the people have their say  Hugh Lynn  (Eire Og Chairperson) ‘We were disappointed to lose to St. Dominics in the first round of the Intermediate Championship, but we were encouraged by the performance of some of our young players. We are hoping to be able to beat Fuerty in our next game and be in with a chance of getting to the quarter-finals. I know it’s a cliché but it’s one game at a time at this stage.   ‘Ross Nolan did great for us the last day, scoring five points, but we are delighted with the form of Paul Freeman, who must certainly be in with a chance of making the county senior panel now. He is playing great stuff for us.    ‘St. Dominics are a strong team and they are sure to improve – although I’m not so sure that they are certain to win it out – but time will tell.’ John William Hanly  (St. Faithleachs)  ‘We were delighted to beat Castlerea two weeks ago. It was a great win for us and it sets us up nicely now. We are looking forward to our next game – against Kilmore – which will be a tough one. We would love to get to the quarter-finals and the win in the first round gives us a great chance again.   ‘I didn’t see St. Brigids playing against Clan but they have to be the team to beat again this year. They put up a good score that day and they have great strength in depth.  ‘ Roscommon Gaels and Strokestown will be a close game while I expect St. Brigids to beat St. Aidans in the other game’. Frankie Donnelly  (St. Brigids) ‘We were very happy the way we started in defence of our title against Clan but I suppose you could say we leaked a few goals and we will have to work on that. We are playing Aidans on Sunday and as you know it’s a local derby so we are expecting a tough battle.   ‘We have played Aidans so many times over the years and there is never much in it but we are hoping to win it. A point will do!   ‘I was most impressed with St. Faithleachs’ win against Castlerea and they could be the team to beat this year in the county. I was surprised to hear that they had beaten Castlerea because we beat St. Faithleachs in the league recently but were beaten by Castlerea! I expect Castlerea to get back into it it though, they are a good side.    ‘There is a long way to go but we have made a good start and that’s all we can do.’