Kepak Roscommon SHC Round 1
Four Roads v Tremane on Sunday in Athleague at 6 pm (Group A): Four Roads are attempting to win an incredible ninth Roscommon SHC title in a row this year and it is hard to see anyone stopping them. They are short a number of players through injury, and a few that have travelled to the USA, but they can still call on the likes of Mark McLoughlin, Shane Curley, Micheal Kelly, Cathal Dolan, Johnny Moran and Conor Coyle.
Without the outstanding Niall Kilroy, Tremane look weak up front. Mike Keaveney, Sean Melia, Warren Boyle and Peter Kellehan are excellent players but they may just come up short against the champions. Prediction: Four Roads.
Roscommon Gaels v St. Dominic’s on Sunday in Athleague at 7.30 pm (Group A): Roscommon Gaels will be targeting this game as one they can win. Cillian Egan, Chris Duignan, Gearoid Egan, Gary Waldron, Paul Lennon, Oisin Hession and Niall Tannion are amongst a number of players with plenty of ability.
St Dominic’s are an improving team. Ciaran Shaw, Naos Connaughton, Tommy Doyle and Shane McCormack will lead from the front and they will want to get their campaign off to a winning start in this game. It will be a close one. Prediction: St. Dominic’s.
Oran v Pádraig Pearses on Saturday in Athleague at 7.30 pm (Group B): Oran are one of the sides who will be hoping to stop Four Roads’ dominance this year. However Pearses will also have designs on the title and this will be the game of the weekend. Pearses have plenty of experienced players like Tomas Seale, Shane Naughton, David Dolan, the Donoghues and the Sweeneys.
Oran will be hoping that the Kennys, Tom Fetherston, Padraig Crehan, Jerry Fallon and Hugh Rooney will be able to lead from the front. This looks like a very tight game. If Oran can get a full side out they could edge it. Prediction: Oran.
Note: Athleague are the other side in Group B. They have a bye this weekend.