This coming weekend sees the SFC, IFC and JFC take a break following the opening two rounds of games on successive weekends. The Round 3 matches will take place the weekend after next and fixture details have now been confirmed for these ties, which are as follows:
SENIOR FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP
Group 1: Ballintubber v Claremorris (at Hollymount) and Davitts v Ballina Stephenites (Fr O’Hara Park) on Sunday 17th October at 4pm
Group 2: Belmullet v Aghamore (James Stephens Park) and Knockmore v Charlestown Sarsfields (Breaffy) on Saturday 16th at 4pm
Group 3: Ballaghaderreen v Castlebar Mitchels (Aghamore, Friday 15th at 8pm) and Balla v Westport (Crossmolina, Saturday 16th at 2pm)
Group 4: Garrymore v Breaffy (Centre of Excellence, Bekan on Saturday 16th at 8pm) and The Neale v Kiltane (Josie Munnelly Park, Sunday 17th at 2pm)
INTERMEDIATE FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP
Group 1: Parke v Swinford (Kiltimagh on Saturday 16th at 2pm) and Bohola Moy Davitts v Bonniconlon (Parke, Sunday 17th 12pm)
Group 2: Hollymount/Carramore v Burrishoole (Clogher, Saturday 16th at 3pm) and Mayo Gaels v Lahardane (Westport, Sunday 17th at 2pm)
Group 3: Ardnaree v Kilmaine (Swinford) and Louisburgh v Kiltimagh (Knockmore) on Sunday 17th at 1pm
Group 4: Ballyhaunis v Castlebar Mitchels (Davitts, Sunday 17th at 1pm) and Ballinrobe v Crossmolina Deel Rovers (Balla, Sunday 17th at 3pm)
JUNIOR FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP
Group 1: Ardagh v Kilmeena (McGovern Park) and Tourmakeady v Kilfian (Foxford) on Sunday 17th at 3pm
Group 2: Achill v Kilmovee Shamrocks (Achill, Saturday 16th at 4pm) and Cill Chomain w/o Lacken
Group 3: Ballycastle v Moygownagh (Lacken) and Shrule/Glencorrib v Eastern Gaels (Garrymore) on Sunday 17th at 1pm
Group 4: Islandeady v Ballycroy (Islandeady, Saturday 4pm)
It hasn’t been confirmed yet which Round 3 matches will be streamed live on Mayo GAA TV but that’ll be announced early next week. On that topic, I have to say I’m well impressed with the Mayo GAA TV service so far this year. The picture quality and graphics are close to broadcast standard and having replays of key incidents is a major plus too so well done to them and their new streaming partner for these improvements.
Finally, if it’s live match action you’re looking for this weekend then it’s of the small ball variety, in the form of Round 3 of the Senior Hurling Championship.
Tyrrell Cup holders Ballyhaunis and Tooreen are two wins from two so far but they meet on Saturday in Ballyhaunis at 4pm so one (or maybe) both of those 100% records will fall then, in what’s all but guaranteed to be dress rehearsal for the final. At the same time that afternoon at Josie Munnelly Park in Castlebar, the Mitchels host Westport in the other Round 3 tie.