Mervyn the marvel

Mervyn Connaughton is one of Roscommon’s finest sportsmen. An ever-present on the  Roscommon senior hurling team all year, he led David McConn’s men to glory in the NHL Division 3 and in the Nicky Rackard Cup in Croke Park. He has now led Athleague to another county senior final and furthermore, he was one of the main men on the Fuerty gaelic football team who performed very well in the Intermediate championship this year.     No such thing as burnout here – and he is looking forward to Sunday’s final as much as the first game he played this year. ‘ Oh yeah. I’m really looking forward to it. We are thrilled to be back in the final. We might have been lucky to have survived against Oran the first day but we played much better in the replay so here we are again – and it’s great’ he commented.    ‘Pearses will be desperate hard to beat this year. They are a different team than the one we beat last year. They are much stronger and we will have to play really well if we want to win. It’s a 50/50 game, that’s all’ he said.     I asked Mervyn was he not a little tired after all the top class hurling and football he had played all year. ‘Not at all. Everyone wants to play in a county final. I’m injury-free and I love playing. I hope that the season keeps going for at least another few weeks!’ he said.    ‘I’m thrilled to be back in another final because you never know when it will be your last, so I am really looking forward to it. There is a fantastic spirit in the squad and we have 32 or 33 players who are committed to the cause and you need a strong panel to make a strong team.’    Mervyn hopes that Athleague can win the two-in-a-row on Sunday but he knows that it will not be easy. ‘Look, Pearses are not coming up here for an evening out on Sunday. It will be a fierce battle this year, you can take that from me. Hopefully we can come out on the right side again’ he concluded.