For every GAA player throughout the country Croke Park is the place where they want to play.
Playing at GAA headquarters is something very special but playing there for an All Ireland final is beyond words.
This Sunday the Roscommon U17’s will get to experience that feeling of as they take on Tyrone in the inaugural final at this grade.
This is an U17 side full of talent and are exactly where they deserve to be, seventy minutes away from a historic All Ireland medal.
The Rossies saw off the challenge of a fancied Kerry side in the semi final and one player who was back in the squad after a spell on the side lines was Donal Brennan.
The Castlerea St.Kevins clubman spoke to Tony Ghee about the excitement of playing at Croke Park
“It’s any young lads ambition to play there, it’s the home of the GAA there’s no better place to play an final and everyone is just raring to go”
The majority of this team have had success winning the Ted Web Shield and the Fr.Manning Cup which has brought about a winning mentality to this group of young players
“Winning them two trophies really helped us build on for this year because it’s a big step up from U16 to 17 and feel we’ve pressed on really well”
While these young Rossies will feel confident heading into the game they will know this Tyrone side will bring a real challenge
“Tyrone are renowned for their underage teams and we know it will be a difficult task that faces us but all we have to worry about is our own performance on the day”
It’s a huge game and with it being the curtain raiser to the senior semi final between Tyrone and Dublin there is sure to be plenty of fans for the Northern side so support will be needed for the Primrose and Blue
To hear the full interview with Donal listen to the audio below
Throw in time on Sunday is 11:45am and you will hear live commentary of that game right here on Shannonside FM