Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Roscommon teams in All-Ireland action

The Roscommon county pool teams, A and B, take to the green baize next weekend in the All-Ireland county pool championships in the West County Hotel in Ennis. The Roscommon A team will be hoping to improve on their excellent performance of reaching the last 8 in Ireland last year, although they are in a very tough group this year with Louth, Limerick A, Westmeath and Tyrone. 

  The Roscommon Pool Association are also sending a Roscommon B team to the championships and they have been pitted in a group with Dublin, Mayo B, Limerick B, Tyrone B and Louth B. This is the first time Roscommon has had two teams in the finals so hopefully both teams can put up credible performances. 

  After a series of trials the following players are representing Roscommon. Team A consists of captain Michael Higgins, Patrick Higgins, Alan Mullen, Andy O’Shea, Patrick Carberry, Noel Moran, Alan Cunningham, Alan Revins, Liam Finneran and Padraig McKeown. The B team consists of captain Barry Miley, Kevin Heaney, Lee Joyce, Patrick Joyce, Fran Mulligan, David Mulgrew, Charlie Mee, Peter Devanney, Patrick McDonagh, Neil Hennelly and Ken Burke.

Guinness Pool League Final 

Kennys (Ballintubber) v Charlie’s A (Roscommon Town) in Kenny’s Ballintubber next Sunday 1st May at 7 o’clock: This eagerly-awaited final takes place on the Bank Holiday Sunday evening and it pits together Charlies A, beaten finalists two years ago, and first time finalists Kennys, with neither team having captured the title before. Both teams played in Group B this year with Charlies A finishing top in the group and Kenny’s finishing second in the group. 

  Charlies A bring to the table a vast array of talent….Alan Mullen, Con Faughnan, Wayne Gilmartin, Chris Courtney and Eamon Cummins and a number of experenced players in Brian Hoare, Charlie Mee and Paul McNeill and new talents in Jason Murray and Daragh Connolly. 

  Kenny’s also have talented players in captain Keith Revins, Mike Feeney and vastly experienced players in James Kenny, Niall Flanagan, Mike Shanagher, Cathal Finan and new talents in John Moran, Fr. Joe Poole, John Mockler and Cian Finan. A fantastic final is expected and a huge crowd is expected too.