The four matches involving Mayo last weekend are disappearing away in the rearview mirror, the ones that are on next weekend are up ahead and coming closer. It’s a quiet weekend by comparison – just the three games this time – with action on both Saturday and Sunday.
Let’s start with the team that won’t be taking the field next weekend. That’s the hurlers who now have a whole three weeks off until their final round NHL Division 2B game. Because there’s an odd number of teams in the division everyone gets to sit out a round and our turn comes next, hence the unusually long gap between yesterday’s match against Donegal and the Round 5 meeting with Kildare at MacHale Park on Saturday, 12th June (throw-in 2pm).
That’s maybe no harm. Yesterday’s big loss was a bit baffling and it’s good that the team will get a chance to regroup before they take the field again. Keith Higgins will, you’d have to assume, be back in harness three weeks from now and, providing he is, Derek Walsh’s team should be well placed to give a far better account of themselves than they did up in Letterkenny yesterday.
The county’s camogie team by contrast, are sure to come bouncing into next weekend’s Division 4 Group 2 meeting with Louth. That game takes place on Saturday and it’s another home fixture but the match details haven’t yet been confirmed, though I’d assume our preference would be to play it in Tooreen. I’ll post the details nearer the time when these become available, including information on streaming if that’s going to happen for this one.
The women’s footballers are also back in action next Saturday. They’re sure to be on a high too, after that scintillating smash-and-grab success over Galway on Saturday evening. Next time out they travel to Ballybofey to face Donegal and that game throws in at 6pm on Saturday evening.
I’ve no idea if TG4 are showing that game live but if they’re not then it’ll definitely be live streamed, thanks to the great deal the LGFA have done with Lidl to stream every LGFA League match that isn’t on TV. Once again, as things become clearer closer to the date I’ll post an update here on how to view it.
The men are, of course, in football action on Sunday, a Division Two North match at MacHale Park against Meath which throws in at the earlier time of 1.45pm. Both counties are already through to the Division Two semi-finals playing whoever emerges in whatever order from the intensely competitive Division Two South.
That game is live on GAA GO and I’ll have a more in-depth piece on this tomorrow, focusing on Meath and what they’ve been up to of late. This’ll be a tricky assignment for us, I reckon, but let’s leave further discussion on that till later.
Finally, just to let you know that the next episode of the Mayo News football podcast will be online on Wednesday. Squad rotation continues for this one, as myself and that McGreal lad are benched, Billy Joe shifts across to the analyst’s chair, Mike Finnerty is recalled to the starting line-up and Colm Keys of the Irish Independent is parachuted in from nowhere. The new episode will look back at the Westmeath game and preview the Meath match and it’ll be online, as is now the norm, on Wednesday.