James Horan announced yesterday that Alan Dillon will captain the team for this year’s championship campaign. Both Alan and Andy Moran took turns in the role over the course of the seven league matches and it was always going to be one or the other of them that would get the armband for the summer. Both had valid claims to the position and it’s not hard to see why James said that “it was a hard call to make”. Best of luck, Alan – here’s hoping you’ll have some silverware to hoist in your new role.
The last Mayo captain to do any such hoisting is also, according to JH, not out of the running for a place in this year’s championship squad. In that Mayo News report linked above, James clarifies that Trevor Mortimer has not as yet been deemed surplus to requirements for the summer and that, along with “a few other players”, he’ll be assessed over the next few weeks. I still think it’d be a bit of a surprise if he made the cut at this stage.
With the days stretching, the temperatures rising and the whitethorn coming into bloom, this can only mean one thing: yes folks, the Challenge Match season is once again upon us. First up is a meeting with Antrim at Gilmartin Park, Kiltimagh, at 2.30 pm on May 1st.
Good to see Paddy Mac bringing home the bacon – after all, what’s the point in being king if you can’t shower some munificence on your locality? It’s nice to see inter-county action returning to the Kiltimagh venue, which I have a bit of a soft spot for seeing as it’s one of the very few grounds in the county where I once got to display my less than silken footballing skills.
Ballintubber is the next venue slated for a challenge match (there’s a pattern here, isn’t there?) with Offaly the possible opponents on Saturday, 14th May. There’ll be others too, no doubt, over the next few weeks.