Monday 19 March 2018

Sligo eye Rossies revenge in June

ROSCOMMON will begin their defence of the Connacht senior football championship in New York on Sunday May 1, before facing a possible re-match with Sligo in the semi-finals -- if both sides win their opening round games.

The Yeatsmen will need to defeat Leitrim at Markievicz Park in their May 22 clash for a chance to claim revenge against the Rossies -- who beat them in last year's final.

On the other side of the draw Mayo can set up a last four spot against Galway by beating London in Ruislip on May 29.

The first semi-final will take place on June 12, with the Sligo v Leitrim winner having home advantage, while Mayo will host the Tribesmen at McHale Park, Castlebar on June 26 -- should they get past London as expected. The Connacht final will take place on July 17.

Leinster club finals set for January

the Leinster Council have confirmed that three of their club finals will take place on Sunday, January 17.

The games were originally scheduled for early December, but were repeatedly postponed due to the adverse weather.

The intermediate football final between Ballymore and Nobber will take place in Ballymore Eustace, Co Kildare, while the junior decider between St Andrew's and Ballinabrackey will be on in Carlow.

The junior hurling final between Drumcullen and John Lockes will be played at Rath, Co Offaly.

Galway to press ahead with centre

Galway hurling officials are hoping to start work on a new multi-million euro training centre in 2011.

The development at Mountain South outside Athenry was priced at €8m when it was unveiled three years ago, but is likely to be built for much less now.

The Galway hurling board are currently carrying a debt of €2.6m that they paid for the property, and are in the process of finalising a financial plan to carry out the development.

An application has been put in to Croke Park for funding of €1m and hurling board chairman Joe Byrne is hopeful they can turn the sod on the project in 2011.

Planning permission has been granted for the development, which will include six pitches dressing rooms, gymnasiums, meeting rooms, hurling walls and ancillary facilities.

One of the pitches will be an all-weather, floodlit facility.

"We intend meeting the clubs in January to discuss the project as it is now time to move on with this," said Byrne.

"Galway hurling needs these facilities to be developed and we hope to make progress next year."

Irish Independent

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