The main focus at the minute is, I know, squarely on the county finals this coming weekend. While the titles that are set to be won then are huge achievements in their own right, the victorious clubs won’t have long to rest on their laurels as their provincial club campaigns will be getting underway very soon.
Let’s start with three teams who are already top of the pile in Mayo and so who know who’ll they be facing in the Connacht club Championship.
In that regard, it’s only right to start with Knockmore’s LGFA team who ended Carnacon’s long, long reign as Mayo champions a few weeks back. The North Mayo club have a tough assignment on Saturday when they travel to Clonberne to take on Galway champions Kilkerrin/Clonberne in the quarter-finals of the Connacht LGFA Championship. That game throws in at 2pm.
Staying with the women, Mayo camogie champions Na Brídeoga are in Connacht final action on Sunday week, 28th November. In that Connacht Junior B final they’re up against Oran of Roscommon with the game fixed for Oran’s home ground at Rockfield where throw-in is 12pm.
Staying with the small ball game but shifting over to the men, Tooreen – who reclaimed the TJ Tyrell Cup last weekend – are once again contesting the Connacht Intermediate hurling Championship. They begin their campaign with a quarter-final tie against Roscommon’s Athleague and that tie is fixed for Dr Hyde Park on Saturday, 27th November where throw-in is 1.30pm.
Onto the football and starting with the Senior Championship, the winners of the Knockmore/Belmullet decider will start their provincial campaign with a semi-final tie on the weekend of 4th/5th December. That will be against the winners of the Tourlestrane/St Kiernan’s quarter-final – that tie between the Sligo and London champions is on this Saturday – and it’s set to be played at a Mayo venue. The Connacht final will be played in the New Year, either on the weekend of 8th/9th January or the weekend after that.
In the Intermediate football Championship the winners of Saturday’s decider between Ballyhaunis and Mayo Gaels also go through to the Connacht semi-final. There, on the weekend of 4th/5th December, they’ll face the winners of the Dromohair/Leitirmór quarter-final, with that meeting between the Leitrim and Galway IFC champions taking place the weekend after next. Depending on which of them win that quarter-final, the semi-final will be played at either a Galway or mayo venue.
At Junior level, the winners of the Kilmeena/Cill Chomain decider will face Galway opposition, in the form of Athenry or Renvyle, in the Connacht semi-final. That game will also be played on the weekend of 4th/5th December, at a Mayo venue.