Preparations are now being put in place for the annual Veronica Connolly-Mickey Cunniffe intercounty U-14 hurling blitz which is hosted by Roscommon each year at the Padraig Pearses GAA grounds. More details here next week, most likely date is Saturday, September 22 nd . Secondary School coaching programme In conjunction with our full-time coaches Peter Carney and Prionsias Killian we hope to have our coaching programme in the Secondary schools finalised this week for the year ahead. TY coaching programme in Secondary schools The Roscommon coaching and games development will also be putting in place a coaching programme for TY students in secondary schools which worked so well last year. The students will receive the foundation and code of best practise course along with gaining first-hand experience of coaching in the national schools with our part-time coaches and helping out with our primary schools go games blitz days. Games manager Willie Hegarty will be calling to all secondary school schools in the county. Comfy Café Roscommon Schools Senior football championship Quarter-finals on Wednesday 12 th September – (Games at 12.30 pm) Roscommon CBS v Garbally College Roscommon/Elphin v Strokestown Castlerea CS v St. Aloysius College Abbey Boyle v St. Mary’s Ballygar Home venue for first team Semi-finals: Wednesday 19 th September- (Games at 12.30 pm) A: A v D (home venue A) B: C v B (home venue C) Final: Wednesday 26 th September Venue Dr. Hyde Park- Time 12.30 pm 1 st year football blitz days Tuesday 2 nd October Tuesday 23 rd October 2 nd year football blitz day 1- Tuesday 9 th October Next coaching session for County U-15 football development The next coaching session for our U-15 football Development squad will take place in Kilbride GAA pitch on next Tuesday evening, September 11th at 7 pm sharp for all players on the panel. Primary Schools football and hurling coaching starting date All our part-time coaches in both football and hurling will be back in the primary schools on next Monday, September 10 th for the first of our ten-week coaching cycle in all schools within the county. U-16 hurlers perform brilliantly in National blitz This year’s All-Ireland U-16 B hurling intercounty blitz took place in Mullingar last Saturday week. The event was run on the same format as the Tony Forester U-14 competition with three groups of four teams. 12 teams took part, including Roscommon. The line-up was as follows: Kerry, Roscommon, Mayo, Down, Derry, Armagh, Kildare, Meath, Westmeath, Wicklow, Carlow and Laois. Roscommon were in the same group as Carlow, Kildare and Down and the young hurlers of Roscommon who put in a marvellous day’s hurling, winning all their group matches and only looing narrowly to Laois in the semi-final. Laois went on to win the All-Ireland B title. Great credit is due to George Coyle and his management team for all the effort they put in, and to all players on the panel who played their hearts out on the day playing against top quality opposition. This year the Roscommon County U-16 team played 8 matches, winning 6 and losing just two. Connacht U-14 football blitz day in Galway on Saturday This year’s Connacht U-14 football blitz is on this Saturday, September 8 th and it will be held in NUIG sportsground of Dangan in Galway City with 12 teams from the five counties taking part on the day. Roscommon will have two squads taking part, along with Sligo. Galway and Mayo will have three squads with one each from Leitrim and Clare. Both Roscommon teams are guaranteed three games each. First round matches begin at 11 am sharp with three pitches in operation. Connacht U-15 football blitz day in Castlebar Saturday September 29 th is the date for this year’s Connacht U15 football blitz day and the venue is McHale Park Castlebar with 12 teams in the blitz from all the five counties. Roscommon will have two squads taking park. Coaching DVDs for sale The Roscommon Coaching and Games Development have some excellent coaching DVDs for sale from their coaching workshops held over the past few months – coaching the tackle with Des Newton, fitness with the ball by Mickey McGeehan, forward play by Martin McHugh and a coaching session with All-Ireland winning Kerry manager Jack O’Connor. All DVDs cost €10 and can be purchased from Games Manager Willie Hegarty at the Roscommon GAA County Board Office or by contacting coaching officer Seamus Sweeney.