Castlerea and Strokestown to test Brigids’ four-in-a-row ambitions Seamus Duke Strokestown and St. Brigids are on collision course for a renewal of rivalries following last night’s draw for the 2008 Club Championships in Roscommon. Defending champions St. Brigids will have a very tough group to negotiate if they want to progress to the Roscommon SFC quarter-finals in 2008. The champions, who will be going for a four-in-a-row this summer, have been drawn in a three-team group along with Castlerea St. Kevins and Strokestown. The draw took place in the County Board offices last night (Wednesday). The Strokestown v Brigids game will bring back memories of last year’s thrilling quarter-final between the two clubs which was settled by a late Karol Mannion penalty. St. Faithleachs, who have been beaten finalists in the past two years, are in a group with Clann na nGael and Western Gaels. Last year’s Intermediate champions St. Dominics have been handed a tough draw too and will have to try to emerge from a group featuring Kilmore and neighbours Roscommon Gaels, who have reached the semi-finals for the past two years. Padraig Pearses, who have also been in the semi-final in both of the last two years, will face their neighbours, St. Aidans, and Elphin. The two top teams in each of the four groups will emerge to contest the quarter-finals. The full draw is as follows (last year’s semi-finalists St. Brigids, Roscommon Gaels, St. Faithleachs and Padraig Pearses were seeded): Group A: Padraig Pearses, St. Aidans, Elphin Group B: Roscommon Gaels, Kilmore, St. Dominics Group C: St. Faithleachs, Western Gaels, Clann na nGael Group D: St. Brigids, Strokestown, Castlerea St. Kevins. For further details and for the Intermediate and Junior draws, see page 50 inside.