Something, anything, to take everyone’s mind of Paradise Lost has to be worth a shot, I reckon, not least given the rather inchoate debate that has ensued of late in the wake of the latest in our seemingly endless series of All-Ireland defeats.
Club action is that something and this weekend sees the culmination of the group stages of the Senior, Intermediate and Junior football Championships. If you need a reminder on what games are on and when you’ll find all the details here. Full fixture details, including the referees rostered for each of the games, are also available from Mayo GAA here.
The excellent Mayo GAA TV service will, once again, be streaming matches live on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. They’ve picked three good ones this time too.
Friday night under the lights is back at Aghamore and this time the East Mayo venue hosts the winner-takes-all SFC Group 3 tussle between Ballaghaderreen and Castlebar Mitchels. With Westport already assured of topping the group and Balla similarly confirmed to occupy the relegation play-off slot, the prize for the winners of Friday night’s clash is the second quarter-final berth from the group. That game throws in at 8pm.
The following day the cameras will be at Breaffy for the 4pm showdown in Group 2 of the SFC between defending champions Knockmore and Charlestown Sarsfields. Arising from their unexpected loss last time out to Belmullet – who will win the group if they beat Aghamore on the same day – the Moclair Cup holders are now fighting for their lives in Group 2. Charlestown only need a draw to advance, most likely at Knockmore’s expense, but Ray Dempsey’s charges need the win to be sure of progression.
The following afternoon Mayo GAA TV will be at Knockmore for the IFC Group 2 match between Louisburgh and Kiltimagh at 1pm. The West Mayo outfit have a 100% record going into this game and, with a far better points difference than their rivals, they’re all but guaranteed to go through regardless of how their game against Kiltimagh goes. For their part, Kiltimagh know they need to win and also have to hope that, if Kilmaine also beat Ardnaree, it’ll be by a margin at least three points less than whatever they beat Louisburgh by. If they beat Louisburgh.
So, three fascinating matches being streamed online over the three days and, with decent weather promised for the weekend, plenty more attractive battles to catch if you fancy heading to a game. If you do, don’t forget you need to buy your ticket online in advance – details here.
We’ll be doing a full preview of all the Round 3 action on the Mayo News football podcast this week and that episode should be online at some point on Wednesday.
Finally, this is also county final weekend for the LGFA, with the Senior decider to be contested by perennial champions Carnacon and Knockmore. James Stephens Park in Ballina is the venue for the final which takes place on Sunday and throw-in is at 4pm.