The Mayo News is out, with loads about last weekend, loads more about this coming weekend and loads more besides.
Let’s start with last weekend, where there’s Ed McGreal’s match report from O’Moore Park and another piece by Ed where he speaks with Alan Freeman. The Aghamore man makes light of the horrendous deflection that resulted in his goal, saying that “it was going into the far top-left corner anyway”. In his column, Sean Rice (good to see him back after quite a long absence) looks back at the Laois game and also looks forward to the Dublin clash (where he reckons the Jacks will prevail).
Onto the coming weekend, where Mike Finnerty reckons we’ll see a crowd of about 10,000 in McHale Park next Saturday evening. I’d say he’s right – the Dubs always bring a decent following with them and I know of a few hardy souls from up here who are planning on being there.
While all those who do turn up in Castlebar the next night will be looking to see a cracking contest what they won’t see on the Mayo lads is any kind of new jersey, commemorative or otherwise. The idea (which I actually thought was a worthwhile one) was seemingly never carried all the way from concept to conclusion so it’ll be the same jersey as usual that the team will be wearing on Saturday night. The design is still in line for a refresh but it’s now likely to be later in the spring before this happens.
That same report also contains some early team news for Saturday night. Ger Cafferkey’s injury is a “slight hamstring tear” so I can’t see him being fit to line out against the Dubs. Mike Finnerty reckons that Alan Feeney (also returning from injury it would seem) may get the call-up instead. Eoghan Reilly is the other obvious option here. Mike also reports that Aidan O’Shea is suffering from ankle ligament trouble and is facing the proverbial race against time ahead of Saturday night. I suspect it’s a race the young Breaffy man may not on this occasion win.
The Mayo News also carries a report on the situation that has developed between the County Board and Club Mayo Dublin, which culminated in the Board last Thursday passing a motion withdrawing whatever status Club Mayo Dublin “presumed to have” and revoking their right to raise funds for Mayo GAA. This is obviously an unfortunate state of affairs – and one I don’t wish to trample on with my size nines – but the bottom line as far as I can see is that the Board have been ordered by Croke Park to ensure that all fundraising comes under the ambit of Cáirde Mhaigheo so that’s how it’s got to be. I think the contribution at last Thursday night’s meeting by East Mayo Board Chairman Vincent Walsh, where he appealed to Club Mayo to come into the tent and made the point that “if they are serious about winning Sam Maguire it won’t be achieved by division”, is one that many would concur with.
Finally, the Mayo News (I’m really getting full value, I know, for my online perusal of this week’s edition) has a piece with Davitts manager Pete Warren where he looks ahead to the club’s All-Ireland Intermediate final in Croke Park this coming Sunday. On that note (here comes the teaser) I’ll have a guest contribution from the Davitts camp here on the site tomorrow so watch out for that.