The decision’s been made. As I noted the other day there were valid arguments on both sides of the debate on what to do about the planned round of club matches for this coming weekend. But now the decision to call off the bulk of the games has been made and it’s time to move on.
You could argue – with a good bit of justification – that we should never have got ourselves into this position in the first place. Hindsight’s a wonderful thing, though, and I for one am prepared to accept that the original decision to fix club matches was taken with the aim of being fair to the clubs, not least given the altered inter-county schedule facing us this year arising from our having to go through the qualifier route. But this plan, however well intentioned, turned out to be untenable. This led to last night’s decision to postpone the games and, with this having been made, it’s time to move on.
Passionate arguments for and against postponing the club games have been made with conviction here on the site over the past few days by people who truly care about the issue. Personally, I found these were both informative and inspiring. Many of those who argued with vigour for the matches to go ahead are, I know, less than happy with the decision that’s been made. It’s clear, though, from the joint statement issued last night that this was far from an easy issue to resolve but now that it’s been done it’s time to move on.
And move on we must. Because we’ve the most important part of the year’s journey as a county football tribe to complete over the next few weeks. We’ve come a long, long way this year – were you there in Páirc Uí Rinn back in the last Sunday of January? Can you credit how far up the curve we’ve come since then? – and this summer we’ve travelled a road we haven’t had to navigate for some time. But we’ve done this successfully and so, for the third time in five years, we once again stand on the cusp of deliverance.
Our hopes of achieving the success we all crave so much it’s beyond a joke at this stage will surely be greatly boosted if we all, in our own individual ways, now put our collective shoulder to the wheel to do what we can to show support for the team. There are flags to put up, an uplifting and positive demeanour to be conveyed to the wider world about our chances, there are tickets to be sourced and there’s roaring – like you’ve never roared before – to be done at Croke Park on the big day, a day we might all remember for the rest of our lives.
This is a great, great journey we’re on – one that so many other counties can only look on at and hope that one day they should be so lucky – and it’s one we can only truly enjoy to the full if we travel the road together in a unified fashion. These are days of wonder for us as Mayo supporters and, you’d never know, our greatest ever day following this fabulous team of ours could well be just around the corner.
It’s time to pull together, then, as we head off in the direction of this date with destiny. Mayo forever. #MayoForSam.
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