Hurlers open Division 2 campaign against London in Athleague

Allianz National Hurling League Division 2B:
Roscommon v London in Athleague on Sunday at 12.30 pm

Mickey Joe Egan will be a crucial part of the Roscommon midfield during this season’s National Hurling League campaign. Pic: Bernie O’Farrell

Roscommon hurlers start their new National League season on Sunday in Athleague against London. Playing in Division 2B this year, the aim will be for the team to stay in the division and consolidate in advance of the championship.

There is a new management team in charge this season, headed up by Clare native Kevin Sammon. Speaking to People Sport this week he says that victory in this opening game is vital in terms of the campaign.

“I have been very happy with the response we have got from the players. We have a lot of young players involved. At the moment there are 11 U-20s on the panel. We (the management team) are over the U-20s as well, so the plan will be for everyone to train together later in the year”.

The new manager says that London will pose a serious threat on Sunday.

“London are always tough opponents. They have consolidated in this division over the past few years and they always have very good players. It will be a very tough game.

“Our aim in this campaign is to stay in this division, because the standard will be good. If we can stay in the division we will be moving forward… and we want to get a bit of momentum for the championship.

“We have to try and win our home games because we have a tough match on Sunday week away in Tyrone so it’s vital that we get two points in our first match. It’s a very big game for us” he concluded.

There is usually a ‘bounce’ when a new manager takes over and the hope will be that Roscommon can get their campaign underway with a win in Athleague this weekend. They should manage that.

Prediction: Roscommon.