Tomorrow night sees the Roscommon convention take place in Ballinameen. It is expected to be a low key convention with no elections of officers to decide or announce on the night.
In what was a mixed year for the Rossies Senior footballers who reached the FBD League final only to lose out to Galway before heading into the Allianz league where the new management of Kevin McStay and Fergal O’Donnells objective was to avoid relegation.
The league didn’t start out as planned as Monaghan snatched a late comeback to take the two points from Kiltoom.
However from there the side went on to claim four wins on the trot with memorable away wins to Kerry and Cork.
Even with defeats in their final two games Roscommon qualified to the semi finals finishing third on 8 points behind The Dubs and The Kingdom.
The faced Kerry at Croke Park in the League Semi Final were Eamon Fitzmaurice’s men proved too strong.
Dr.Hyde Park proved to be a problem during the league and against Down it was unplayable so home advantage was lost and the fixture was moved to Pearse Park in Longford. Roscommon’s next home game was against Connacht rivals Mayo and after a pitch inspection the game was good to go. The Rossies final game was to Dublin was up for debate the week leading up to the fixture and with players, managers and fans prepared for a trip to the Hyde it was then announced on the morning of the game. Buses were got with passengers not having to pay to make their way from Roscommon town to Carrick.
The county board will hope for their teams and the Roscommon fans that their new pitch will be available and good to go in early 2017.
Heading into the championship with confidence it wasn’t too long staying around with the supporters with a far from convincing result and performance against New York. A Connacht final was reached against Galway after seeing off Sligo and Leitrim in the semi final and quarter final. The two sides couldn’t be separated after seventy minutes so a replay was needed and it was one Kevin McStay and Fergal O’Donnell would not have liked to look back on in the video analysis as Galway won the Connacht crown.
A week later the Primrose and Blue were back out in qualifier action against Clare. Despite a six day turn around many expected Roscommon to bounce back but The Banner county tore up the script and knocked Roscommon out of the championship.
An indifferent year for the side but Kevin McStay who is now in charge will hope to lead the ship sailing to a better 2017 campaign.
The senior hurlers had a year to remember as they got to compete in the Christy Ring tournament where they went very well while in the league they claimed the division 3A title. Jonny Kelly comes in to take over the side and the Portumna native will hope to keep the continued growth of hurling in the county going with staying in division 2 and maybe going a step further in the Christy Ring.
The development of young players over the last decade in the county has seen significant increases and this year seen many more talented young players where the jersey with great pride.
A lot of optimism and hope is to see some of these talented young players from under 21 grade down to hopefully make the step up to the next level of their careers.
Convention will be a time for the members to remember some of the great GAA stalwarts that have passed away throughout the year.
The morning of the 5th of January 2016 will always stand out in to the county as the great Gerry O’Malley passed away sadly. Gerry was one of the great Roscommon footballers and was also a man who could play the small ball as he won an All Ireland Junior Hurling title.