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There I was yesterday tap-tapping away wondering about when the Connacht championship launch might be happening when at about the same time the lads were out in their finery over in Bekan, the rushes tickling their bare legs as they formally set in motion the 2016 battle for the Nestor Cup. The launch has spawned a fair amount of coverage today so here are a few bits for you to have a look at.
There are pieces with Stephen Rochford in GAA.ie, the Irish Examiner and The 42 in which he talks about Cillian O’Connor, how best (and when) to integrate the all-conquering U21s into the senior ranks and the training camp plans for after the London game.
The injury-plagued Galway midfielder Fiontán Ó Curraoin is taking some time away from the county panel and this gets an airing with Tribesman manager Kevin Walsh in GAA.ie, the Irish Independent, Irish Examiner and The 42. Roscommon selector Liam McHale, meanwhile, talks about their great escape in New York, the injury problems facing them ahead of the Leitrim game and the loss of Conor Daly, who’s heading to the States for the summer. Pieces with Liam are in GAA.ie, Irish Independent and The 42.
Connacht Council Secretary John Prenty had his spake yesterday too, saying what a right pain in the hole it would have been from a logistical point of view (no, he didn’t quite put it that way, John’s far too polite to use such terminology) had the Yanks actually beaten the Rossies the last day. You’d have to admit, though, it would have been fun had they managed to do this.
Nothing to do with the Connacht championship launch but still interesting all the same, Kerryman Mike Quirke writing in the Irish Examiner – a man always worth reading in my view – tackles the thorny issue of how difficult it can be for tall men, our Big Dawg included, to get frees in big games.
Back to provincial matters, let’s end with a poll. The bookies have us chalked down as the clearest of clear favourites to secure an unprecedented sixth Nestor Cup success in a row. What do you reckon, though?
Who'll rule the West this year?
- Mayo (79%, 306 Votes)
- Galway (7%, 28 Votes)
- Roscommon (7%, 28 Votes)
- London (2%, 9 Votes)
- Leitrim (2%, 8 Votes)
- Sligo (2%, 7 Votes)
Total Voters: 386