It was confirmed officially by the County Board a bit earlier on this evening that our NFL Division One clash with Dublin will, after all, go ahead as was originally planned on Sunday, 20th March. The Board did give the other side’s request for a Friday evening date a hearing but what scuppered the idea from our perspective was the possibility that the U21s could be involved in a Connacht semi-final on the Saturday (19th).
Mind you, they’ll have to beat defending champs Roscommon next weekend first but I guess it would be too late at that stage to think about shifting the date for a match the following weekend. So Sunday it is, which actually suits me far better as it does, I think, for a good number of the rest of you too. A match under lights would have been nice but sure, then again, can’t we now have floodlit matches in McHale Park whenever we want them?
It’s also been announced that John Kelly from Bohola-Moy Davitts has been appointed as the new manager of the Mayo junior team. John succeeds Billy Fitzpatrick in this role where he’ll be assisted by Vinnie Gavin from Swinford and Hollymount’s Ray Connelly. I think it’s fair to say that there hasn’t been sufficient focus on the county’s junior team in recent years and it would be good to see greater linkages between this grade and senior in future.
I know that the interplay between senior and junior was one of the issues dealt with in the Strategic Action Plan report and it’s heartening to hear that there was a lively debate on the Plan at last night’s County Board meeting. A further meeting is, I hear, to be held in a few weeks time and it’s likely that Liam Horan and members of the Steering Committee will be invited to this session.
What I’ve heard – which corroborates what’s been said already in the comments here – is that there was strong support last night for most, but not all of the proposals in the Plan, and that some kind of synthesis between the proposals put forward in the Plan and others proposed by the County Board may be needed for the initiative to progress. If this is the case, then obviously the devil lurking in the detail will be the main point at issue.