The club Championship action within the county is over and so now, with the clocks having gone back and the cloaking darkness of the long winter nights back with us, the focus turns towards the provincial campaigns facing the various county champions. Time, then, for a quick overview on what’s facing our local standard-bearers on that front over the next few weeks.
Let’s start with women’s football, as the provincial action is already underway in earnest there.
One of our LGFA county champions – Junior winners, Ballyhaunis – have already been beaten and so their provincial campaign is at an end. They lost to Galway’s Salthill/Knocknacarra in the Connacht LGFA JFC quarter-final the Sunday before last.
Charlestown Sarsfields have also seen action at provincial level, this time in the Connacht LGFA Intermediate Championship. Last Sunday they got the better of Boyle in the semi-final and next they’re up against Kiltubrid of Leitrim in the Connacht IFC title decider. That game is fixed for St Croan’s GAA club in Ballintober, Roscommon, on Saturday week (12th November) where the throw-in will be 1pm.
Recently crowned Mayo Senior champions Burrishoole are already qualified for the Connacht SFC final too. They won their provincial semi-final last weekend, beating Leitrim’s Glencar/Manorhamilton, and they now face Kelkerrin/Clonberne of Galway in the final. That Connacht final has been fixed for Fr O’Hara Park, Charlestown, on Sunday week (13th November) where the throw-in will be 1pm.
Tooreen’s defence of their Connacht Intermediate hurling title has already got underway as well, as they beat Four Roads of Roscommon last weekend in the quarter-final. Next up for them is a Connacht IHC semi-final clash against St Gabriel’s of London this coming Sunday. Like their last outing, this one is fixed for Athleague and throw-in there on Sunday will be 1pm.
Onto the men’s football, in which the three Connacht Championships get underway either the weekend after next or the weekend after that. Full details of all provincial football ties are here.
At Junior level, Islandeady’s provincial campaign starts at the semi-final stage on the weekend of 19th/20th November. On Sunday week, Galway’s Clifden meet Carrigallen of Leitrim in the Connacht JFC quarter-final and Islandeady then face the winners of that one in the semis the following weekend. If it’s Clifden, it’s a Galway venue and if it’s Carrigallen it’ll be played at a Mayo venue.
Ballyhaunis will be representing the county in the Connacht Intermediate football Championship and, like Islandeady, they have to wait and see whom they’re up against at the semi-final stage on the weekend of 19th/20th November. It’ll either be St Molaise Gaels of Sligo or Galway’s Dunmore who play the weekend after next. Whichever of them it is, that semi-final will be played at MacHale Park.
That’s also the venue for Westport’s first outing in the Connacht Senior football Championship. They’re in at the deep end too, as they face Galway champions Moycullen at the quarter-final stage on Sunday 13th November (throw-in 1.30pm). The winners there go on to meet Strokestown of Roscommon in the semi-final the following weekend.