The ever excellent Mayo News is carrying a not-so-excellent story today that minor captain Aidan Walsh is an injury worry ahead of Monday’s All-Ireland quarter-final clash with the Stone Throwers at Tullamore. He went over on his ankle in the Connacht final replay last Sunday and apparently wasn’t fit enough to train yesterday evening. Minor jefe Ray Demspey rates his skipper as “very doubtful” for Monday’s match and Ciaran Charlton is also battling to be fit for this tie. Both lads were in the starting line-up for last year’s final so we can ill afford to be without them at this stage of the campaign so here’s hoping the few days that are still to go before throw-in down at O’Connor Park will be sufficient for them both to recover.
It’s all quiet enough at the moment in relation to the seniors (the press night at McHale Park yesterday evening notwithstanding) but I see that both John Maughan and Mickey Harte are bigging us as regards how we’ll fare out in the All-Ireland series. John is being genuine enough, I reckon, in his assessment of where we stand and he feels (as I do) that the draw we got for the quarter-final was a good one. Naturally enough, he’s hankering after a rematch with Meath but reckons that it could be the Shannonsiders that we’ll be meeting on the 9th. He could be right. Meanwhile, Mickey Harte (who is, by the way, the only bainisteoir whose name comprises two human organs) is, I think, doing the Kerryman on it – I wouldn’t have thought that Tyrone would be all that delighted just to get to this year’s final. That’s the thing about success: the more you have, the more you want. Just ask the Kerrymen.
In case there might be any danger that we’d start to believe any of this talk about how great we are, Johnno has come out with his usual “we’re taking nothing for granted” routine. Good man, Johnno – let’s keep the lid on things for now.
Right, that’s it: I’ve been slaving over this bloody laptop all week so I think I’m going to declare this Bank Holiday weekend officially open Chez WJ. Have fun, y’all: here’s to the happy sight of Kerrymen getting their holes kicked at Croker on Monday.