Memorable year for young camógs

A year that ended with the Roscommon U-16 camogie team claiming the All-Ireland ‘B’ title in Kinnegad began back in February with a series of trials for prospective players.

Training commenced immediately after followed by a series of tough challenge games against teams from higher divisions in order to prepare the girls for the journey ahead.

The team was made up of 30 girls from seven different clubs across Roscommon and was led by joint managers Colm Kelly and Sean O’Brien. Selectors Kevin Rogers, Bernie Mulry and Teresa Hession were joined by Andy Hession and Joe Glennon on statistics and Rebecca Naughton, who provided first aid.

First up for this talented bunch of girls was a trip to Armagh, and following a tough game in dreadful weather conditions, the Rossies came away with a very impressive five-point win.

Comprehensive victories over Down and Wicklow followed in Ballyforan while Roscommon also beat a strong Kerry team in Lixnaw during this period too.

The Kingdom were to be Roscommon’s opponents in the All-Ireland semi-final in Ennis and despite enduring a much tougher game this time around, Roscommon came away with another victory.

The All-Ireland final in Kinnegad on August 6th was a momentous day for Roscommon camogie and the girls travelled with strong support while the game was also streamed live to those back home.

Armagh weren’t able to live with Roscommon on the day and the All-Ireland title was secured with another impressive performance.

Their efforts throughout the year culminated in a memorable homecoming for Roscommon’s young camógs as bonfires blazed in both Knockcroghery and Oran, the home clubs of joint captains, Hannah Murray and Anna Hussey, before the team arrived to a large welcoming party at The Hyde Centre.

Roscommon Camogie Board, management, and players wish to thank all those who supported the team this year, and in particular, Liam and all at McNeill’s Foodstore and Lidan Designs for their sponsorship throughout the season.