We’re only two sleeps out now from the Kerry game but, after this yawning six-week gap since the Roscommon match, time seems to be dragging by so slowly. It doesn’t help, I guess, that the build-up has been as low key as it has ahead of what’s set to be the biggest clash so far in this year’s Championship.
The lack of jeopardy has been pointed to by some as the reason for this. On the RTÉ website (here), Lee Keegan was pointing the finger in that direction, noting that there are still tickets available for the Fitzgerald Stadium match. I’d reckon there’ll still be plenty available all the way up to throw-in.
Lee fancies Kerry to do the business on Saturday, noting in relation to us that there are “a lot of whispers around the place that there are a significant amount of injuries.” I suppose we’ll have a better idea on that front tomorrow when, as the new rules stipulate that counties must, we release our match-day panel for the game.
Another former player in the media at the minute is Seamie O’Shea, who took part in the formal launch of the All-Ireland Minor Championship yesterday. Seamie is also on the podcast today, chatting with Mike about his days playing Minor, when he was part of the team that reached the 2005 All-Ireland final, and also about those totemic clashes with Kerry in 2014 and 2017 and much more besides. The pod is available now over on Patreon – here.
Other online articles that might be of interest include Donnchadh Boyle’s piece on Conor Loftus in the Irish Independent (here), Ian O’Riordan’s interview piece on Padraig O’Hora in the Irish Times (here), John Fogarty’s look back in the Irish Examiner at ten close shaves at Fitzgerald Stadium that Kerry have endured since they last lost there in the Championship (here, spoiler alert: all but one of those matches were against Cork) and Edwin McGreal’s look ahead in the Mayo News to the All-Ireland group stage in the Mayo News (here).
See what I mean? All very low-key. Hopefully, things start to ramp up tomorrow with the release of details of the match-day panels for Saturday.
UPDATE: Kerry have now named their panel for Saturday. Full details are here.