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Regular readers will know that I rarely make it to any of the FBD games. I’m based in Dublin so heading west in January to catch the pre-season action first-hand has invariably fallen outside my radar. In the seven years of this site’s existence I think I’ve only ever gone to two FBD matches and for one of these I already happened to be in the county for a family gathering the day before.
Because I never get to see these games myself, the match reports I put together for the FBD games tend to involve stringing a few words around the stream of Twitter score updates provided by @MayoGAA and other hard-core #mayogaa folk. These reports then invariably get embellished by comments provided by those who did see the action first-hand and so rounded accounts of these matches are gradually formed.
That’s all fine and as a system it works pretty well. In the area of match reports, however, first-hand reportage is always, I reckon, better than second-hand creative writing so I’m just wondering if there’s any interest out there in writing a few match reports on the upcoming FBD matches against NUIG (on 10th January), IT Sligo (12th January) and Roscommon (19th January).
I would see this as a logical extension of the guest post facility which has taken root so well on the site and has now become an integral part of what happens here. The reports wouldn’t have to be overly long (this is pre-season stuff after all) and what I’d be looking for is a concise and to-the-point account of what happened in the match. For it to work, though, I’d need to have the report ready to go on the site within a few hours of the final whistle.
This could be an opportunity for an aspiring sportswriter to produce content that will, as yesterday’s post about traffic to the site shows, be read by a large and expanding Mayo GAA online community. If you think this is something you’d be interested in – and bear in mind this is a labour of love activity, so all I can promise is, as Churchill once said, blood, sweat, toil and tears (and maybe the odd pint in Bowe’s the night before a big match up here) – then please send me an email (to [email protected]) and we’ll take it from there.