Pearses take part in Comórtas Páidi Ó Sé
Pádraig Pearses, minus their county stars, competed in the round robin six-team senior men’s competition, known as the Dermot Earley Cup, as part of the Lidl Comórtas Peile Páidi Ó Sé, the famed adult men’s and ladies club tournament which took place all over the Dingle Peninsula last weekend.
Over 500 visiting and local club players and management from 20 clubs across 14 counties played in a four-competition tournament at junior and senior grade with Kerry sweeping the men’s contests.
The Roscommon club faced stiff opposition in the competition and found it difficult to adjust to the difficult weather conditions, and they lost to Kerry’s Listry, managed by former Kerry star Marc Ó Sé, in the first round by 4-10 to 0-2. They didn’t fare much better in the second round against St. Kieran’s of Limerick, losing 4-4 to 1-1. Cork’s Carbery Rangers lost the final to Pádraig Pearses’ first-round opposition Listry by 0-7 to 0-3.
Comórtas Chairman Pádraig Óg Ó Sé said: “We are delighted to have a Roscommon club playing in the Dermot Earley Cup, named after one of Roscommon’s famous sons. We wish the Pádraig Pearses club well in the season ahead. They are a credit to Roscommon GAA in the way they conducted themselves. They enjoyed themselves by night and had a never-say-die attitude on the field of play in very tough weather conditions”.
Youngsters lose out to Donegal
Roscommon U-20s footballers were unlucky to lose out to Donegal on a scoreline of 2-9 to 0-11 in an entertaining Leo Murray Cup clash at O’Rourke Park in Castlerea last Saturday afternoon.
Roscommon were competitive all the way through but trailed 0-6 to 0-4 at the break, having played with the wind in the opening half.
Two goals from Donegal full-forward Bobby McGettigan decided the outcome in the end. Daire Cregg, Adam McDermott, Cathal Feely, Conor Lohan and Oisin Cregg played well for Roscommon, who now face Derry this weekend.
Compliment-free zone (almost!)
“A plucky bunch” – Colm ‘Gooch’ Cooper’s well-meaning but rather underwhelming assessment of never-say-die Mayo (as uttered on ‘Allianz League Sunday’ on Sunday night).
Our Team of the weekend…
Apologies (or is it not a compliment?) to our Dublin-supporting friends (‘avoids eye contact with Dan Dooner in People office’) but once again our award goes to Dubs-slayers, this time it’s Kildare (who it must be said celebrated very enthusiastically).
From Finance to the dugout…
Was that former Minister for Finance and ex-EU Commissioner Charlie McCreevy we saw grinning very happily in the Kildare dugout as the Lilywhites celebrated a famous win over Dublin? Indeed it was! McCreevy is a passionate Kildare GAA fan.
Point of the weekend…
Paddy Durkan’s slick score on the run in the closing seconds of Mayo v Armagh at the Hyde came after Aidan O’Shea fielded beside the Mayo posts, before beginning a magnificent, pacy length-of-the-pitch move…a superb score which underlined how formidable this team is.
‘Gooch’ happy with Hyde!
“Hyde Park was in great condition” – Colm ‘Gooch’ Cooper’s verdict on our hallowed Roscommon turf, the Kerry legend making the comment in his role as a pundit on ‘Allianz League Sunday’. He was speaking during a discussion on Mayo v Armagh, a game that was hosted at the Hyde on Sunday.
Healy (Noelle, that is) hails Rossies…
Pundit Noelle Healy (winner of four All Stars with Dublin) on Roscommon: “I was really impressed with their forward play (v Down)…they look really fit, their conditioning for this time of the year is phenomenal…they’re still playing defensively, they’re still getting numbers back, but they’re managing to kind of combine that really nicely with breaking forward…they’re mixing it up really nicely”.
Noelle went on to name-check Eddie Nolan, Conor Cox and Enda Smith, before concluding: “I honestly was really really impressed with them…they’re playing with such energy, they have so many options…it’s really exciting to watch…the way they’re going at the moment I think they’ll be a really exciting prospect come the Connacht Championship”.