Roscommon girls up for Down challenge

All-Ireland Minor Camogie ‘B’ Final: Roscommon v Down on Saturday in Cootehill, Co. Cavan (1.30 pm)

Camogie in Roscommon is on the crest of a wave at the moment and the minor team can complete a fairytale couple of years for the game in the county when they take on Down in the All-Ireland ‘B’ final on Saturday.

  Roscommon have never even competed at ‘B’ level before and having won the ‘C’ All-Ireland last year it would be an astounding achievement for this team to win at the higher level. It is entirely possible that this bunch of talented players can scale the heights and win this title.

  Under the management of county senior hurling star Shane Curley and selectors Maeve Healy and Niamh Kilmartin, this talented minor team have scored three great wins against Laois, Kildare and Meath to qualify for this final. They have taken to the ‘B’ level with the minimum of fuss and now they are one step away from All-Ireland glory for the second year in a row.

  Indeed most of the players who will take the field on Saturday will have played in the All-Ireland Colleges ‘C’ final recently for Convent of Mercy, Roscommon when they were defeated by a single point by Rochfortbridge in Mountmellick.

  Manager Shane Curley looks likely to have a huge conflict of interest on Saturday as Roscommon hurlers are down to play Derry in the Christy Ring Cup that same day. When we spoke on Tuesday he was hoping that a fixtures clash could be avoided!

  “At this point (Tuesday afternoon) we have no starting time or venue for the camogie (subsequently confirmed for a Cavan venue, see details above) so I am still hopeful that something could be done (to allow him be there for the two games) but it looks unlikely at this stage. Anyway it is not about me it is about the girls and I will be there at the game for sure. It is an All-Ireland final and we are in with a great chance,” Shane said.

   “This is a great bunch of girls. Remember that Roscommon have never even competed at this level before, never mind won a game. In fact Roscommon never won a game at ‘C’ level for four years before last year. When we won the ‘C’ All-Ireland last year we would have settled for winning a couple of games at the higher level this year, but the team have been phenomenal.

  “They are so talented. They do everything that is asked of them in training and it has paid off on the field of play. There is great character in the side and they have been excellent in the three games that they have played so far. We saw Down play last weekend and they are a very good side and are a physical outfit. We will have to play very well to match them but I am confident that we can do that.

  “I am so proud of the way our girls coped with the narrow loss in the colleges final and they have come out and been so resilient and determined in this run to the final. It is going to be a tough game to win but we have the team to do it if we play to our ability” he concluded.

  The future of Roscommon camogie looks very bright and this is a special bunch of talented players who have a great spirit and togetherness about them. If they can play up to their best on the day there is no doubt that they are capable of bringing home this ‘B’ All-Ireland title for the first time ever.