This coming weekend the senior club championship resumes and so, with what looks like a settled spell of weather having finally arrived, it’s a good opportunity to get out in the fresh autumn conditions to catch some decent live action on home turf.
The race for the Moclair Cup has now reached the quarter-final stage but by Sunday evening (barring the need for any replays) that’ll be whittled down to the final four. The battle to avoid relegation from the senior ranks is hotting up too, with the second-last chance saloon matches on this weekend as well.
MacHale Park hosts a double-header on Saturday afternoon, where Breaffy and Garrymore are first into action at 4pm. Breaffy were fancied to be strong contenders for county honours last year but fell to an unexpected defeat to Knockmore at this stage of the competition. They’ll be strongly fancied to advance from this tie but no team gets by Garrymore these days without a battle and Breaffy can expect a tough contest on Saturday.
The second match at the Castlebar venue on Saturday evening sees Castlebar Mitchels taking on Aghamore, where throw-in is set for 5.30pm. Mitchels will be strong favourites to come out on top in this one and much as I’d like to say otherwise it’s hard to see anything but a win for the townies here.
Also on Saturday with a 5.30pm throw-in over at James Stephens Park in Ballina, there’s a cracking North Mayo battle in prospect with Knockmore taking on Kiltane. Knockmore are, I think, the narrow favourites to do the business in this one, though a win for the Erris lads certainly can’t be discounted. UPDATE: This match has now been postponed due to the death of Mr Des Farrell, Knockmore GAA club President, formerly club Chairman and Secretary. RIP. Thanks to F’Deelin for the early heads-up in the comments on this development.
The last of the quarter-finals takes place at MacHale Park on Sunday. This is a real Old Money v. New Money clash, with current county top dogs Ballintubber up against the grand old dames of Mayo club football, Ballina Stephenites with the throw-in for this one set for 3.30pm. Ballina have righted themselves this year after dancing a tad too close for comfort with demotion last year but it would still be a shock of considerable proportions were they to beat the defending champions on Sunday. I can’t see them doing this.
The two relegation semi-finals which are also on this weekend are Ballinrobe against Claremorris at Hollymount on Saturday evening (throw-in 5.30pm) and Shrule/Glencorrib against Ballyhaunis at Claremorris on Sunday (throw-in 12pm).
That’s not the only action on this weekend, by the way. If lithe young bucks aren’t your thing, the more mature variant is also taking to the field in the form of the Mayo Masters. They have a Round 7 championship match against Tyrone on Saturday, which takes place at Robert McCallion Memorial Park in Swinford where throw-in is 2.30pm.
The Masters are going great guns in this competition and Saturday’s match is a top-of-the-table clash so all support that can be provided for this important home fixture would, I’ve no doubt, be very welcome indeed.