Short passes with Seamus Duke

*Roscommon U-21 footballers played two games last weekend. They beat Offaly by 3-12 to 0-11 on Thursday night last. Offaly led by 0-8 to 0-5 at half time but Roscommon played well in the second half. Roscommon lined out without Mark Miley Peter Domican, Colm Garvey, Paul Garvey, David O Gara, David Keenan,Cathal Cregg and Enda Kenny. Stephen Ormsby and David Flynn were outstanding in defence while Done Shine scored 1-4 playing at full forward. *Roscommon played Armagh on Saturday in poor weather conditions and that match ended in a draw although Roscommon were again without several regulars. Roscommon are due to play Donegal in another U-21 challenge this week. *Elphin man Mick Rock is the new PRO of the Connacht Council of the GAA. He officially took over the reins from Galway’s Michael Monahan at the annual Connacht Convention last week. He joins St. Croans’ Michael Holland (treasurer) as Roscommon representatives on the Connacht Council executive. *The annual congress of Cumann Gael na mBan (Ladies Football Association) will take place in the Athlone Springs Hotel this weekend. A new President will be elected. The candidates are Kathleen Kane of Sligo, Mary Quinn of Leitrim, Pat Quill of Wexford and Joe Lagan of Derry. * St. Aloysius College of Athlone who feature several Roscommon players,  play against Ballisodare in the Connacht colleges SF ‘C ‘ final this weekend after they defeated Gortnor Abbey of Crossmolina by 0-12 to 0-11 in the semi-final last week. The final is fixed for Frenchpark on Saturday at 2 pm and it will be refereed by Vivian Hardiman. *Roscommon are sending an experienced team to play in the GAA All Stars challenge in Spain next month. Organised by ex-Meath star player Bernard Flynn every county GAA team in the country is being represented by four former county players and the winning team over three days of competition will earn €100,000 for the charity of their choice. Roscommon’s team is John O’Gara, Tony McManus, Gerry Emmett and Gay Sheeran, pictured.