Various bits of #mayogaa news have been floating down the proverbial river past me over the last few days and I’ve been meaning to do a post or two about them but lethargy and other commitments have got in the way. Time for a quick round-up, then, to catch up on what’s been bobbing along the water this week.
Starting with the U21s, Billy Joe Padden has a good analysis in the Mayo News of the semi-final win over Dublin – here. The paper has also tweeted this evening (presumably at the press night for the final) that Mike Solan is saying he’s “very hopeful” he’ll have a full panel to pick from for Saturday week’s All-Ireland final. I guess that full-back Seamus Cunniffe, who went off with hamstring trouble in Tullamore, is the main worry. Hopefully the Ballaghaderreen player will be okay to line out on the big day.
Staying with the U21s it was announced the other day that Armagh’s Padraig Hughes will ref the final. He’s an experienced official who has been on the elite roster for a number of years and he’s done plenty of big senior championship fixtures in his time. From what I’ve seen of him, he’s not a man who has any great grá for the black card and I have to say I’m largely with him in that.
Onto the seniors where it was reported by the Mayo News this week (here) that there was good and not-so-good news on the injury front. Keith Higgins, Donal Vaughan and Kevin McLoughlin – who all missed the latter rounds of the League – are now fully recovered from their various ailments and all three played in last weekend’s challenge match against Meath. However, Ger Cafferkey, Barry Moran, Paddy Durcan and Aidan O’Shea all sat out that game, all apparently due to hamstring problems.
That report also deals with the Ruislip ticket issue and the Mayo News tweeted tonight that the issue was discussed at this evening’s County Board meeting where it was announced that the county has been given an allocation of 400 tickets for the game. One ticket each will be provided to every club delegate and every club will get two each.
I was planning to do a post on this issue the other day but it was actually more insightful instead to sit back and watch the debate play out in the comments. I can empathise with both sides in this debate but, at the end of the day, I think it’s a simple supply/demand issue. Unless the match is shifted to another venue in the Greater London area – which is never going to happen (I reckon that Lords or the Oval would be the only places with a big enough playing surface) – the enormous demand for tickets for this match means that many people are inevitably going to end up disappointed. Such is life, I’m afraid.
Have you heard about the new online Club and County Development draw? It’s just been rolled out and full details are here. I hope to have more info on this initiative before too long but it looks like a worthwhile move, one that’ll allow Mayo GAA fans far and wide to contribute to the cause in a much easier format than the players’ training and welfare lotto that was launched last year.
I know we’re probably all in countdown mode for Ennis at this stage but if anyone is chomping at the bit for some Green and Red action this coming weekend there are two matches to consider. The ladies have their football League semi-final against Kerry at St Brendan’s Park in Birr while the hurlers have a Round One Nicky Rackard Cup match against Tyrone at Pairc Colmcille in Carrickmore. Both matches are on this coming Saturday and both throw-in at 3.30pm that day.
Right, I think that’s everything up to date again.