Club Championship matches are on once again this coming weekend, with action in the Senior, Intermediate and Junior Championships. Here’s a quick run-down on the games taking place on Saturday and Sunday.
First up, the Senior Championship where the concluding round of matches in the four groups take place in order to determine who makes the play-offs and who is set to face a battle to retain Senior status next year.
Here are the SFC ties on this weekend.
In Group 1, Breaffy are already through and another win for them will push Bohola Moy Davitts – who made the knockouts twelve months ago – into a relegation play-off. The second quarter-final spot is up for grabs between Davitts and Kiltane so a win for either of them will seal it. A draw puts Davitts through, by virtue of superior points difference – they’re on +3, Kiltane are on -9.
It’s still all to play for in Group 2. Aghamore have an extremely tough task on their hands as they need a result against Castlebar Mitchels to make the knockout stages, while a bad defeat in that one could push my home club into relegation avoider trouble. A win, meanwhile, for either Ballina or Westport will most likely see the victors through, with Westport’s need that bit greater as they go into this weekend in fourth spot.
Defending champions Ballintubber are already through in Group 3 and if they beat Garrymore they’ll be sure of topping the group and also will have pushed their opponents closer to the relegation trap-door. Hollymount/Carramore are also in peril, as they face Knockmore who are best placed to grab the second quarter-final spot from this group.
Both knockout slot are already taken in Group 4. Ballaghaderreen and Belmullet are already safely through and so their meeting at Ballina on Sunday will simply decide which of them tops the group. Likewise the meeting at Aghamore that afternoon of Charlestown and Claremorris will sort out who avoids the relegation play-offs and who doesn’t.
If, like me, getting to one of these games at the weekend isn’t an option you’ll be delighted to know that Mayo GAA TV is back in action and will be streaming the action from MacHale Park on Saturday. Both the Ballina/Westport game at 4.30pm and the Kiltane/Davitts game at 6pm will be streamed live – details here.
Onto the Intermediate Championship, where the following Round 3 group ties are down for decision this weekend.
Finally, the Junior A Championship has reached the knockout stage, with eight contenders left in the hunt for the Pete McDonnell Cup. The following quarter-final ties in the JFC A Championship are scheduled for Sunday.