A challenging few weeks

It’s a quiet old time on the GAA front, what with the lads breaking their collective holes in training and nothing for those of us on the ditch to do except to salivate over when the next challenge match is going to be.  Just as well there’s all this post-election jockeying in the UK to keep a man occupied, though it appears that that little sideshow is nearing its conclusion too.  So, challenge matches it is then, hombres.

I think we’ve all got plenty of info on last Friday evening’s match up in Donegal but, in case you haven’t, here’s the match report on it from the Mayo News.  The one tidbit worth noting from this account of the proceedings at Glenfin is that centre-back (for the night at least) Donie Vaughan got a belt on the gob that necessitated his withdrawal at half-time, which meant (I’m guessing here) that it was Kieran Conroy who replaced him at 6 for the second-half.  (It could have been Peadar Gardiner, I suppose, but I doubt it).  Like Kremlinologists in the bad old days, I guess we’ll all be hunkered down over the coming few weeks, seeing if we can divine any fresh clues about who is likely to wear this key jersey for us over the summer.  It seems to be a shortlist of Vaughan, Conroy and, perhaps, Cunniffe but it’s far from clear at this stage who will play there for us in the next challenge game, never mind in the championship.

For those of you in the vicinity, Belmullet is the place to be on Saturday evening as this is where the lads will be having their next run-out.  This time the opposition will be Cavan, whom we’re playing for the first time since our qualifier meeting in McHale Park back in early July 2007, and throw-in at Belmullet – where they’re celebrating the refurbishment of the pitch and dressing rooms – is set for 7 pm.  I don’t think they’ve any floodlights down there (don’t mention the war!) but, sure, it doesn’t get dark in those parts ’till close to midnight at this time of year so there should be no problems on that score.

Apart from the upcoming reprise of the Big Wind Final, we have a number of other challenge matches to come ahead of our Connacht championship opener with Sligo, which is now just three weeks away this coming Saturday. John Maughan let the gato out of the bolsa the other day by revealing that there are matches lined up against Cork (is this a best-of-three decider or what?), Westmeath and Dublin between now and 5th June but I don’t know if all of these are going to be publicised widely in advance.  As far as I know, the one against the Dubs will be up here, though I don’t have any details yet of when it’s planned for.  All I know is that I’ll once more have to suffer the ignominy of carting my small fella to it, in the knowledge that he’ll be lending his support to the opposition – just like he did in Portmarnock this time last year, the little bollix.  Challenging times, indeed.

5 thoughts on “A challenging few weeks

  1. Tricky one WJ, whether to let your young lad cheer for the county he is growing up in or give him a clip across the lug… a choice manys the Irish man has faced

  2. It’s not all that tricky as he’s already decided he’s a Dub but will support us where there’s no conflict. When it’s head-to-head, though, we both know exactly where we stand!

  3. “All I know is that I’ll once more have to suffer the ignominy of carting my small fella to it, in the knowledge that he’ll be lending his support to the opposition – just like he did in Portmarnock this time last year, the little bollix.”

    HA!! Brilliant use of words WJ!!

  4. A bit unfair of me, I know, but he’s only five so it’ll be a while before he comes across it and pulls me up on it! He’s a good lad but, unfortunately, already a proud Dubs supporter.

  5. Sure he’d only get bullied at school if he was shouting for Mayo. I was accused of child abuse by a neighbour a few years ago when I brought my two lads to the Mayo Laois qualifier (a draw) in Croker.
    The league final was the worst though, left the middle fella at home so it was the older lad and his buddy, both in their resplendant new Cork jersies proceeding to take the piss out of me all the way up about us having no chance, and all the way down of course about how right they were. I did get some satisfaction from briefly leaving them at the Statoil in Abbeyleix just to give them a fright and take away some of the cockiness that seems to go with the red jersey!

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