Roving Rossie: ’I’m no fair weather fan!’

The Roving Rossie – (He’s our man on the ground – and he’s always right!)

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I’m never trusting that shower at the Met Office ever again!

  Looking forward to a ‘heatwave’, I threw the cargo shorts and a pair of shades on to go watch Roscommon Gaels and Clann na nGael in Lisnamult last Saturday. Bit of an occasion and all, with it being the county town team at their fine new facilities and up against last year’s champions.

  To be honest it took me a while to figure out what was going on in the first half. Clann togged out in blue while the Gaels were wearing purple – and I forgot to take off the shades. It was an enjoyable game but the weather conditions didn’t help and the home side just, ahem, shaded it.

  I wasn’t taking any chances with the weather forecast on Sunday so imagine my embarrassment when I arrived at Pairc an Phiarsaigh wearing a pair of waders! It was like an episode of Celebrity Bainisteoir with Shane Curran and Frankie Dolan on opposing benches. As for the weather, it was great.

  My choice of clothing almost landed me a job as umpire, but I slipped away to the toilet in the nick of time. Another entertaining game but Pearses look determined to make up for last year’s final defeat and ran out 5-point winners.

  It’s great to have the club championship back but I can’t take many more wardrobe malfunctions like last weekend.

  Enjoyed a post-game pint with a friend of Padraig Pearses persuasion, he reckons they’ll go all the way this year. I asked him what he was basing this prediction on. “Well,” he said, “Clann beaten last night and sure we were fairly flying today!” I nodded and politely reminded him how important it was to drink plenty of fluids and keep the oul noggin covered during these heatwaves. He nodded solemnly and said: “You’re absolutely right! It’s your round.”