Hurlers aim for first win

Seamus Duke  There’s another very busy schedule of sporting action in the county this weekend. The Roscommon hurlers face a real do-or-die game in the Allianz National Hurling League Division 2A at Athleague when they face Kerry on Sunday next.   Having lost their two games to date, the pressure is on Roscommon to win this one, although David McConn’s team will be up against it. Kerry have won one game (against Wicklow) and lost one game (narrowly to Westmeath) so far so they will provide very tough opposition for Roscommon.   The Kerrymen are trained by former Limerick hurler Pat Heffernan and they are expected to welcome their most accomplished player and top scorer Shane Brick back into the team for the Athleague game. He missed their last game through injury.   Roscommon will not finalise their side until Sunday because there are a number of Roscommon players carrying injuries. However David McConn and his selectors will be hoping to have close to a full side for this vital game. Full preview inside.   Meanwhile the Roscommon minor footballers play in their first competitive game of the year when they face Mayo in Charlestown on Saturday evening at 5 pm in the opening round of the 2008 Connacht minor league.      Roscommon team manager Gary Wynne will be without a number of players who will be involved in colleges action this weekend. Interview with Gary Wynne inside. Roscommon junior camogie team are also in action. They face Kildare at Johnstownbridge on Sunday.   The Cheltenham national hunt racing festival takes place next week and in this week’s issue we carry a comprehensive preview of the big meeting with selections from some of the experts who attended last Monday night’s Lions club Preview in The Abbey Hotel. Our regular racing expert Tom Red also runs the rule over the festival in this weeks issue.   Also in this weekend’s sports section we have a comprehensive review of all last weekend’s sporting action including an in-depth look at the Roscommon v Cork game in the National Football League, local GAA league previews, the Roscommon Darts finals, rugby, soccer, golf and all the other sports news of the weekend. Tony Mac Manus gives us his views in his weekly GAA column.