Home sweet home for hurlers

Sammon’s men aim to make home games count in Rackard Cup  

Nicky Rackard Cup (Round 1):
Roscommon v Louth in Dr Hyde Park on Saturday at 3 pm

Roscommon’s senior hurlers will be expecting to get off to a winning start when they take on Louth in the opening round of the Nicky Rackard Cup competition at Dr Hyde Park this Saturday.

Armagh, Donegal, Monaghan and Mayo are also in the competition. Roscommon will have three home games, so it is a great opportunity for Kevin Sammon’s men to make a mark in this championship.

Roscommon have a good record against Louth in recent years but the Roscommon manager says no team can be underestimated when it comes to championship.

“We have trained hard since the league ended and prepared well. We played a couple of challenge games and a few in-house matches as well. We will certainly not be taking Louth for granted. They were involved in a couple of close games against Roscommon over the past two years so we will be very determined to try and get our campaign off to a winning start at home”.

Sammon says that there is good momentum behind the team in the build-up to the game. “The U-20s are going well. They are in the All-Ireland semi-final against Mayo which is very positive. They are training hard for that big match on the May bank holiday weekend so that has helped us too”.

Sammon agrees that this is a huge game for the team and management. “This is our All-Ireland Championship. Roscommon were in the final of this competition a few years ago and it would be marvellous to get back there again and even win it. But we are taking it one game at a time.

“We are hoping to do well in the Nicky Rackard Cup and we will be hoping to start with a win on Saturday but we are looking no further than that. However, to have three games at home is a big bonus for us”.

It hasn’t been a great period for Roscommon in terms of the league, however only Roscommon and Donegal (of the teams in the Nicky Rackard Cup) played in Division 2B, i.e. at a higher level that the other challengers.

Away games against Armagh and Donegal may prove difficult, but Roscommon should be able to win their home games, starting with Saturday’s clash against Louth.

Prediction: Roscommon.