Round 1 of the ladies senior intermediate junior A and junior B championships take centre stage next weekend. Senior Championship: St. Brigids, Kilglass Gaels, Strokestown, Castlerea & Oran.
Can anyone stop St. Brigids winning three in a row? These are the questions that most people involved in ladies football in the county are asking ahead of the Senior Championship, which gets underway next weekend.
The Kiltoom ladies have dominated Roscommon football winning six of the last seven finals, the only blot on their copybook losing to Kilglass Gaels in 2009, when the east Roscommon club denied them five in a row.
Kilglass Gaels who were runners up in the 2010 and 2011 championship and runners up in this year’s league will hope to stand in their way of three in a row. The form team at the moment in Roscommon is a young Strokestown side.
Intermediate champions in 2011, Strokestown beat both St. Brigids and Kilglass Gaels to win their first senior league title four weeks ago.
This side who have been training under Shane Flaherty and Ronnie Shiels for the last number months will most certainly have a big say in this year’s championship. Castlerea with a number of experienced players will also be looking towards a place in the final. As will Oran who were narrowly beaten in a very competitive division 2 league final.
St Brigids: League Form: Division 1. Two wins over Eire Óg and Castlerea in the group stages. Beaten in semi-final by overall league winners Strokestown Key Players: The Kiltoom Club have a wealth of talented players Claire Grehan, Michelle Walshe, Cliodhna McHugh, Aine O’Brien, Fiona Gavin to name just a few.
Kilglass Gaels: League Form: Division 1. Drew with Kilbride and a win against Strokestown in the group stages.
Beat Castlerea in the semi-final, lost out to Strokestown in final. Key Players: Emer Walshe Natalie McHugh, Rebecca Coyle, Emma Compton, the Tully and Corcoran Sisters.
Strokestown: League Form: Division 1. Beat Kilbride lost to Kilglass Gaels in the group stages. Won league with victories over St. Brigids in the semi-final and Kilglass Gaels in the final. Key Players: Laura Brudell, Aishling McAuliffe, Katie McLoughlin Judy McDermott, the Beirne, McHugh and Mullooly Sisters.
Castlerea: League Form: Division 1: Beat Eire Óg lost to St. Brigids in the group stages. Beaten by Kilglass Gaels in the semi-final. Key Players: Sharon Ryan, Claire Raftery, Claire McDermott & Rachel Ryan.
Oran: League form: Division 2: Beat Michael Glaveys, St. Mary’s and Western Gaels beaten by Clan Ná nGeal in the group stages. Lost out to Clan na nGeal in the Division 2 Final. Key Players: Sinead Cooney, Margaret Fannon, Caroline Gunning Catriona and Deidre Regan.
Intermediate Championship: Clann na nGael, Padraig Pearses, Western Gaels, Eire Óg, Kilbride, Roscommon Gaels, Michael Glaveys.
Who will be Intermediate champions for 2012? Kilbride runners up in 2011 will be hoping to play senior football in 2013. With a number of experienced players Tara Taylor, Ailish Fannon Siobhan Tully, Sinead Clabby Rochelle Mullanney and a team who held their own in Division 1 of the league this could certainly be their year.
A team to watch out for in this year’s championship is Clann na nGael, the Johnstown side struggled at senior level a few years ago but now look much more organised and could be a good bet for a county final appearance.
Western Gaels 2011 Junior champions and third place in the 2012 division 2 league will also have a big say in this year’s championship and should certainly make the semi-finals. Eire Óg a team who are in ascendancy still look good enough to make a semi-final appearance.
Michael Glaveys and Roscommon Gaels who struggled in their respective leagues may find the going tough at this level. Padraig Pearses who were unable to fulfil any league fixtures have a relatively young team could also find this to be a step to far in 2012.
Kilbride: League Form: Division 1: Drew with Kilglass Gaels lost to Strokestown in the group stages.
Lost to Castlerea in the quarter final but managed to keep their division 1 status for 2013 by defeating Eire Óg in relegation play-off. Key Players: Tara Taylor, Siobhan Tully, Ailish Fannon, Rochelle Mullanney, Sinead Clabby.
Clann Na nGeal: League Form: Division 2: Won all four games in the group stages, before going on to beat Oran in the Division 2 Final. Key Players: Aishling Egan, Ruth Finless, Orla O’ Neill, Kayleigh Dunning, Niamh Fallon.
Western Gaels: League Form: Division 2: Two wins and two losses in the group stages. Did not make it to final. Key Players: Jenny Higgins Martina Freyne, Siobhan Greevy, Lisa Flynn, and Leah Lavin.
Eire Óg: League Form: Division 1: Lost to St. Brigids and Castlerea in the group stages lost to Strokestown in the quarterfinals. Defeated by Kilbride in a relegation play-off, they will ply their trade in division 2 in 2013. Key Players: Niamh Ward, Kylie Roddy, and Linda Healy.
Roscommon Gaels: League Form: Division 3: Lost to St. Barry’s and Boyle drew with St. Ciaran’s in the group stages. In relegation play-off game the town team lost out to Shannon Gaels by the narrowest of margins in what was a high scoring encounter, they now face 2013 in division 4 of the league. Key Players: Amy McAleer, Aidín Ní Dhonncha, Aishling McNeill, Helen Egan, Sinead Hynes.
Michael Glavey’s: League Form: Division 2: Lost all four games in division 2. Relegated to division three for 2013.Key Players: Joanne Cregg, Lisa Walshe, Maggie Fox, Kerry McNulty, and Sheila Brady
Padraig Pearses: League Form: Did not take part in league. Key Players: Maria Galvin, Caroline Corbett, Aine Ryan Sarah Glynn Junior A and Junior B report next week.
U-12 Finals: Congratulations to all the U-12 teams who competed in the county finals over the weekend. Thanks to Fuerty GAA for the use of the pitch at such short notice for the division 3A and 3B finals on Saturday.
Also a big thank you to St. Faithleachs GAA for the use of their facilities on Sunday for the division 1A, 1B, 2A and 2B finals.
As always the Ballyleague club looked after the teams, officials and supporters exceptionally well and had the pitch and it surrounds in pristine condition.
There were record attendances at the finals on Sunday, to all who came out and supported their teams Roscommon Ladies County Board are very grateful. With this level of support for our games and the wealth of talent displayed on the field on play ladies football could have a very bright future in the county.
Roscommon Ladies County Board would like to wish Shannon Gaels team and management who will represent Roscommon in the All Ireland Feile in Laois/Offaly next weekend June 22 to June 24 the very best of luck in the competition. The St Vincent’s club in Daingean outside Tullamore will host them.
Issue dated: 22 June 2012
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