All that volcanic ash from Iceland may have brought the aviation world to a grinding stop (ushering in quite an eerie silence in these parts, where the sound of planes landing and taking off is normally part of the daily background hubbub) but we’ve still got the league final against Cork this coming Sunday to look forward to. And looking forward to it I am, as it’s always good to see the lads in the green and red plying their trade at Croke Park.
While I can sympathise with those Mayo followers who’ll have to trek up from the west for Sunday’s decider (Cusack Park in Ennis would get my vote as a more suitable alternative), we should all once again remind ourselves that we’re fortunate to follow a county that gives us a regular supply of national finals to go to. Counting league and championship finals at senior, as well as U21 and minor championships, this will be the seventh successive year that a Mayo team will have appeared in a national final. I know – our strike rate in these finals has been pretty wretched but the only one we can do anything about is the one that gets underway at 4 pm this coming Sunday, which is all the more reason why a good turnout is needed at HQ for the occasion.
Despite a full programme of club matches at the weekend, there don’t appear to be any new injury worries for Sunday (well, none that I’ve heard about yet). According to the lads on gaaboard.com, Seamus O’Shea played for Breaffy yesterday, as did Alan Dillon for Ballintubber and while Ronan McGarrity didn’t line out for Ballina in that one, the word last week was that he should be okay for this coming weekend.
We’re still a few days out from seeing a teamsheet for Sunday’s final but at this stage, it’s looking like we’ll be close enough to full strength for the game. According to Midwest last week, the main doubts concern Enda Varley and Trevor Howley, while the Mayo News reported last Thursday that Conor Mortimer is suffering from a hamstring strain. I’d be surprised if all three aren’t fit to start at Croke Park.