Are we there yet? The long and winding road to Salthill on 14th June is, I’m afraid, still more than three weeks away. It’s so far away, in fact, that the short-term focus this weekend switches to the club championship, where action takes place at both senior and intermediate level.
Club action on home turf is a bit beyond my remit – with my own club allegiances instead rooted firmly up here in the capital – but, for those of you based on or close to the holy ground, there are plenty of club championship clashes to choose from this coming weekend. My own favourite, were I to sample some club fare at the weekend (which I won’t be doing – I’m off to Clare for a cycling event on Sunday) would probably be the meeting of Castlebar and Ballaghaderreen at Páirc Josie Munnelly in Castlebar at 6.30pm on Saturday.
I had a root around online earlier on to see if I could find a nice one-stop-shop for all the weekend’s fixtures. I drew a blank in this respect and so, using the Mayo GAA website, I went and made one. It’s here.
By the way, don’t forget that there’s action (of a sort) in the Connacht championship this weekend as well. John Evans takes his all-conquering Rossies over to the bright lights of London for a provincial quarter-final against the Exiles on Sunday (throw-in 3pm), with a semi-final clash against Sligo in Markievicz Park in four weeks time the prize on offer for the victors. Not surprisingly, the Sheepstealers are priced at a measly 1/25 to prevail in this one.