I’ve been posted missing over the last few days, arriving back last night after a thoroughly enjoyable family break in London, so I guess a quick catch-up is in order. Despite it being the season to be jolly there’s been a bit going on so, in chronological order, here are a few items to catch up on.
Friday night last was the Mayo News/O’Neills Club Stars 2016 bash. This week’s paper has ten pages of coverage on the awards, including details of all the award winners, lashings of pics and all that. It’s out today in paper and digital variants.
Saturday was Interprovincial semi-final day and had I been in town over the weekend I would, I think, have made my way to Parnell Park for the Connacht/Leinster match. Connacht are the defending Railway Cup football champions but the competition is returning this year after a two-year gap, no suitable spot having been found for it in the 2015 GAA calendar.
The Westerners are still the champions too, as they came out on top at the Donnycarney venue on Saturday evening, winning out over Leinster by 2-17 to 1-18. Understandably, we only provided two representatives to the Connacht starting fifteen – David Clarke in goals and Jason Doherty (who bagged six points, four from frees), with Conor O’Shea making an appearance off the bench – while Dublin also had two players, Darren Daly and John Small, on the Easterners’ side.
Connacht now play Ulster in the final, where they’ll be aiming to win back-to-back Interpro titles for the first time since the Fifties. That decider takes place at Páirc Seán MacDiarmada in Carrick-on-Shannon this coming Saturday, where throw-in is set for 2pm.
Last Sunday my local club up here in the capital, St Vincents, captured their seventh Leinster senior club football title when they outgunned Offaly’s Rhode by 1-16 to 0-12 in the provincial decider at Portlaoise. I got to all of Vinnies’ post-All-Ireland Dublin SFC matches in October but, for one reason or another, I missed out on the entirety of their Leinster campaign. No doubt I’ll be clambering back on the bandwagon in the New Year, though, for the All-Ireland semi-final against Derry’s Slaughtneil.
Vincents have, of course, a sliver of the Green and Red about them in this campaign with Enda Varley now integral to their cause. He’s hit the target, as far as I recall, in all of their championship matches this year and he contributed two points, both from play, on Sunday. A return to Croke Park is now starting to come into view for Enda and for the Marino faithful next March.
Right, I think that’s everything up to date again. Aside, that is from everything else I need to catch up on now.