The comfy Café sponsored Roscommon senior schools football championship final which has proved to be a huge success this year will be played on this Monday 1st October at Dr. Hyde Park, Roscommon at 1 pm between Roscommon CBS and St. Aloysius College. Both schools reached the final after tight semi-final wins as Roscommon CBS defeated Abbey College Boyle by 3-13 to 1-10. St. Aloysius college overcame Scoil Mhuire, Strokestown after a dramatic contest which went to extra-time (by 4-9 to 2-13). We thank all the schools within the county who put in a big effort for the local championship and we hope it will be of benefit to them as they start their Connacht schools campaigns next week. Fun Do Coaching DVD Rom on the market The GAA coaching and games development committee in Croke Park are about to launch nationwide a fantastic FUN DO Coaching DVD ROM for football and hurling on October 1 st for kids ages between 6 and 13. This DVD is a must for all coaches, parents and teachers to promote the learning of key skills in Gaelic football and hurling using a fun and positive approach who are coaching players in this age group. More news here again in the coaching corner about Roscommon launch. The cost of the DVD is €50. The DVD has up on 1000 drills in all the skills of the game in both codes. All enquiries about the DVD to Games Manager Willie Hegarty at the County board GAA office or on 086-8356227. Connacht U15 football blitz day in Castlebar this Saturday This Saturday, September 29 th Roscommon will be taking part in the annual Connacht U15 football blitz day. The venue is McHale Park, Castlebar with 12 teams in the blitz. Roscommon will have two squads taking part. Veronica Connolly/Mickey Cunniffe U14 intercounty hurling blitz The hugely successful Veronica Connolly/Mickey Cunniffe intercounty U14 hurling blitz which is hosted by Roscommon each year took place at the splendid Padraig Pearses GAA grounds on Saturday last, September 22 nd and is run in conjunction with Connacht coaching and games development along with Roscommon games development. This year the hurling blitz had two groups of four. For the Veronica Connolly section Roscommon (A), Mayo (A), Galway (B) and Offaly took part with the top two teams reaching the final. Teams playing off for the Mickey Cunniffe shield were Leitrim, Sligo, Roscommon (B) and Mayo (B). Top two reach the final. First games in each section started at 11 am sharp with the Padraig Pearses Ladies committee providing the food on the day. After a brilliant day’s hurling amid superb weather Roscommon B team won the Mickey Cunniffe shield for the first time as they beat Sligo in the final after earlier wins over Mayo B and Leitrim in a shield competition that did justice to the great man himself. Roscommon captain was Aaron Curley of Roscommon Gaels. Roscommon (A) squad drew with Mayo and lost to both Galway and Offaly after putting in good performances against quality opposition. Offaly won the Veronica Connolly cup after defeating Galway in the final and the trophy was presented by Tommy Connolly. Roscommon had 41 U14 players involved in their two squads. Also big thanks to Michael Carroll, Brendan McDermott, Tom Killion and Kevin McGeeney who refereed all matches on the day. Roscommon 1 st year football blitz day A blitz day for all 1 st years will take place in Roscommon Town on Tuesday October 2 nd in the pitches of Roscommon CBS and Roscommon Community College for all secondary schools in Roscommon. The blitz is being organised by our full-time coach Peter Carney. A second blitz day will take place on Tuesday October 23 rd . A 2 nd year football blitz day for all schools will take place on Tuesday October 9 th . Roscommon CBS hurlers in Connacht 1 st year blitz The 1 st year hurlers of Roscommon CBS are taking part in a Connacht secondary schools blitz day in Padraig Pearses GAA grounds on Monday, October 8 th against teams from Galway and Mayo. The 2 nd year hurling team will also be involved in a blitz day the following Monday, October 15 th in Padraig Pearses. U14 football development squad coaching session The next coaching session for all players on the county U14 football development panel is on Tuesday evening, October 2 nd in Kilbride GAA pitch at 7 pm sharp. All players are asked to attend. U14 football development tournament in Sligo To complete our programme with this year’s U14 development squad panel Roscommon are taking part in a blitz day in Sligo on Saturday week, October 6 th . Players will be notified with all the arrangements after training on next Tuesday evening in Kilbride. Taking part is Sligo, Roscommon and Fermanagh; Roscommon will have two squads on the day. Primary schools Go Games blitz starting in October Starting in early October in both football and hurling we will be holding GO Games blitz days for all players in fifth and sixth class for all national schools in the county. Our part-time coaches will be informing the schools with all the relevant details. Go Games primary school girls blitz We will be holding a blitz day for all the Convent primary schools within the county next month for fifth and sixth classes. More details when venues and dates are confirmed. Coaching equipment for Secondary schools The Roscommon coaching and games development are giving all second level schools in Co. Roscommon coaching equipment in the form of footballs, set of cones and full set of bibs (30) to help them in their quest to promote and develop football to all their players from 1 st year to senior teams within their schools. This is a big undertaking on behalf of the coaching committee to help the second level sector on all the good work they do in providing coaching and games to our young players. Primary schools individual GAA skills awards competition As our part-time coaches are now back in schools the Roscommon coaching and games development are going to launch their new GAA primary schools GAA skills award competition for boys and girls in sixth class in both football and hurling. Each player will be tested on ten separate skills on three occasions during the year. The player with the best points tally after the three tests are completed is the overall school winner who then goes forward to a regional play-off, where 20 kids will be chosen to compete in the county final. We would hope each club would help out their local schools in running this new project where all boys and girls are afforded a great opportunity to improve on their skills. TY coaching programme in Secondary schools The Roscommon coaching and games development are putting in place a coaching programme for TY students in secondary schools which worked so well last year. Games manager Willie Hegarty will be calling to all secondary school schools in the county. Primary Schools football and hurling coaching programme Week 3 All our part-time coaches in both football and hurling are now back in the primary schools for the third of our ten-week coaching cycle in all schools within the county.