Two Roscommon players on Connacht panel

There are two Roscommon players on the Connacht hurling panel which will play Ulster in the interprovincial series semi-final in Ballybofey on Saturday evening at 6 pm.    Gerry Fallon of Oran, who starred for his club in their run to the county SHC semi-finals and U-21 and senior star Michael Kelly of Four Roads are on the panel.    The team is managed by Ger Loughnane and his selectors are Roscommon team manager David McConn, Louis Mulqueen and Sean Treacy.    Selector David McConn says that Gerry Fallon and Michael Kelly are on the panel on merit.    ‘They are two of our best hurlers and they deserve to be there. It’s a pity that Mervyn Connaughton is unavailable because he would have been on the panel too but that’s the way it goes. We have been training as a group and we are hopeful we can get to the final’, said David.   The news is a welcome boost to hurling in the county as it was felt in latter years that hurlers in Roscommon were being ignored when it came to the selection of the Connacht hurling team.   Meanwhile six members of the All-Ireland winning Kilkenny hurling team have been named as Vodafone GAA All Stars for 2007.   The All Stars, chosen by the country’s leading GAA journalists, were announced by GAA president Nickey Brennan yesterday (Wednesday).    The awards will be presented on Friday night at the gala All Stars banquet in the City West Hotel which will be broadcast live on RTÉ One from 7.00 pm.    The team is: 1 Brian Murray (Limerick) 2 Michael Kavanagh (Kilkenny) 3 Declan Fanning (Tipperary) 4 Jackie Tyrell (Kilkenny) 5 Tommy Walsh (Kilkenny) 6 Ken McGrath (Waterford) 7 Tony Browne (Waterford) 8 Michael Walsh (Waterford) 9 James Fitzpatrick (Kilkenny) 10 Dan Shanahan (Waterford) 11 Ollie Moran (Limerick) 12 Stephen Molumphy (Waterford) 13 Andrew O’Shaughnessy (Limerick) 14 Henry Shefflin (Kilkenny) 15 Eddie Brennan (Kilkenny)   The Connacht senior football team will also  play against Ulster in the MDonnelly Interprovincial semi final also in  Ballybofey under lights at 8pm. Speaking to The Roscommon People on Tuesday the Connacht team manager John O Mahoney says that he will not finalsise  his team until close to the throw in time. There are several Roscommon players in contention for selection such as Karol Mannion Cathal Cregg Seanie Mc Dermott and Michael Finneran to name but four.  Ulster have a very good record in this competition and its 1969 since Connacht last won this series.