Roscommon hoping to go one better according to Ellis

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Roscommon’s Honor Ellis is hoping they can go one better this year in Division 3 and not only make the league semi-finals but gain promotion to Division 2.

The Rossies narrowly missed out on finishing in the top 4 last year. They want to improve on that position this year. Ellis said: “We need to start off on the right foot; get off to a good start. Building on last year we didn’t reach the league semis and you’d be hoping to  push on from there. Make the semis, make the final and hopefully gain promotion to Division 2 for next year.”

Having missed out on the league semi-finals Roscommon bounced back and claimed the Connacht Intermediate title and reached the All-Ireland semi-finals only to be defeated by Meath. Winning Connacht was a boost for the team according to Ellis: “We really had to re-group after the league.and it was tough to not finish in the final 4. We really did build on from that and learn from our mistakes. It was great to win the Connacht Final for the first time at Intermediate level. That was a great boost for the team. We were really enjoying our football at that stage and it was great to go on and beat Laois in the quarter-final. Unfortunately we fell down against Meath but we are definitely hoping to push on this year.”

Division 3 is extremely competitive with every team playing at Intermediate level. Ellis admitted the league is ideal preparation for the championship: “It’s great preparation for the championship. They are teams you know you are going to be playing against. There is nothing to separate those teams in the league and championship. It’s there for anyone.”