[b]TG4 Connacht Championship:[/b]
It was d?j? vu for Leitrim once again in the Connacht Championship on Sunday last in Tubbercurry as Leitrim were defeated by Sligo in the second round of the championship. For the first twenty five minutes of the game it was all Leitrim as they played some great football to take seven point lead. Then the turning point of the game as Maeve Quinn was inexplicably sinbinned for ten minutes and Sligo rattled in two goals and two points to lead by a single point at the break. Indeed the referees decision in relation to the sinbinning of two Sligo players was also very questionable and gave a false impression of what was a very clean and sporting contest. In the second half Sligo upped their performance to show why they are one of the best teams in the country and time and time again breached a disappointing Leitrim defence that had performed so well last week against Fermanagh. Under increasing pressure Leitrim could not respond and in the end had to give second best to an impressive Sligo team. This result means that Leitrim must now face a quarter final game on 21st May as Sligo go through to the semi finals in July.
[b]Suzuki Division 3 National League Final:[/b]
Last Sunday?s result will have to be quickly forgotten as we face Clare in the League final. This game will be a defining moment of the season and a big test of the character of the team and how they respond to the defeat. Leitrim and Clare met in Tuam on 19th February in the second round of the league where Leitrim recorded a deserved 3.11 to 0.10 win. This result will mean nothing on Sunday however as Clare have continued to improve and recorded a 5.14 to 1.4 win over Wicklow in the semi final two weeks ago. Hopes are high that Sinead Brennan will be recovered from injury and able to line out on Sunday to boost a Leitrim defence that suffered a traumatic second half against a rampant Sligo. Ann Marie Cox who was carried of with injury late in the game on Sunday should be fully recovered while Karen McGovern has recently resumed training after a long injury layoff. Clare will be slight favourites going into the game having played at the top level for a number of years and have great physical strength on the ball. Since the last game two of Clare?s leading players Majella Griffin and Tammy Hehir have returned to the team and featured prominently in recent games. Leitrim will need to win midfield on Sunday to have a chance of lifting a title last won six years ago but both the forwards and backs in particular must lift their performances to the highest level for victory. The Division 4 final betweenÓgalway and Monaghan junior teams will also feature as part of a double header with the venue to be finalised during the week. The Division 1 final between Cork and Meath and the Division 2 final with Kildare and Laois will be televised live on TG4 on Saturday evening next from Parnell Park, Dublin with a 6.00pm start.
[b]Feile Development Meeting:[/b]
Helen O?Rourke, CEO of Cumann Peil Gael na mBan will attend a meeting in The Bush Hotel, Carrick at 9.00pm on Monday next 8th May. This meeting should be attended by all club executives and in particular Managers and coaches of under 14 teams who hope to participate in the Connacht Feile on 10th June and next years National Feile in Leitrim. It is hoped that all girls in Leitrim will get an opportunity to participate in Feile and all aspects of participation will be discussed. Development and coaching for the future will also be an important topic for discussion and it is important for the development of the game in the county that all clubs are represented.
Clubs are asked to send in club registrations for 2006/2007 as soon as possible to County Registrar, Emer Horan.
A number of games are down for decision next weekend, however with the National League Final on Sunday, the fixtures are subject to change. Intermediate 9 a Side League: Ballinaglera v St Josephs, Bornacoola v St Marys, Glencar Manor v Annaduff. Division 3 League: Gortlettragh v Fenagh, Aughnasheelin v Aughawillan.
01-May-06 by Patricia Bohan