The Roscommon LGFA Intermediate, Junior ‘A’ and Junior ‘B’ Championships take centre stage this weekend with the senior championships due to throw in on the last Sunday in June.
Five teams will contest this year’s McNeill’s Foodstore and Catering Intermediate championship: Boyle, Kilglass Gaels, St. Brigid’s, St. Ciaran’s and St. Dominic’s.
The top team will go straight into the final while second and third placed teams will meet in the semi-finals.
This promises to be one of the most keenly-contested Intermediate championships in a number of years with all five teams capable of taking the crown.
Kilglass Gaels, suffered final heartbreak in 2017 and 2018 and will be hoping to go one step further in 2019 while St. Brigid’s suffered relegation heartbreak and will be looking to make a quick return to the top table.
The 2018 Junior champions St. Doiminic’s had a good league run and will be no pushovers. Boyle won the AFL Division three recently and will be hoping to add more silverware while St. Ciaran’s have an abundance of talent within their ranks and will no doubt have a big say in where the cup will eventually land in 2019.
League form: Division Three winners.
Key players: Roisin and Saoirse Wynne, Sinead Glennon, Aisling Feeley and the Keenehan sisters.
Prediction: Winning Division Three league will be a boost and the arrival of several players from Ballinameen will help their cause as they attempt to reach the final.
League form: A dismal run in Division One means they’ll play their football in Division Two next year.
Key players: Natalie McHugh, Emma Compton, Rebecca Coyle, Louise and Nicola Tully, Majella Cox, Mikaela McHugh and Claire McCormack.
Prediction: Although they lost all games in the league, the experience of playing in the last two finals will stand to them. They will look at this as an opportunity to make it back to the top tier.
League form: Made the Division Two final against St. Dominic’s where they were beaten by two points.
Key players: Claire Grehan, Aine O’Brien, Kate Nolan, Lauren and Abbie Curran.
Prediction: St. Brigid’s are a relatively young, energetic team and a final berth is not beyond them.
League form: Won a league final local derby with arch rivals and neighbours St. Brigids.
Key players: Aimee O’Connor, Aoife Gavin, Aisling Walsh, Eimear McNally, Rachel and Ciara Corcoran, Saoirse Casey.
Prediction: Another young, energetic and up and coming team. Despite this being their first year playing intermediate football, a large number of their players are accustomed to playing at a high level with the county and a final place is very possible.
League form: One win from four to avoid relegation.
Key players: Roscommon inter-county players Laura Fleming, Rachel Fitzmaurice and Honor who will be ably assisted by the experienced Daly sisters, Crean sisters, Carmel Killeen and Nora Brennan.
Prediction: Vastly experienced and played in the county final in 2015. They will be hoping this year will be the year that the Intermediate championship crosses the Suck.