This week’s Mayo News (which, according to Edwin McGreal on Twitter earlier on, contains one of their best sports sections of the year so it might be worth picking up a copy if it’s on sale where you are) contains the first bit of solid news as regards who might be coming in to the Mayo senior squad for 2012 as well as who may not be. This piece by Ed provides some names in this regard, which is based on details of those who were (and weren’t) asked to attend an assessment weekend at McHale Park last Saturday and Sunday.
Included in the list who were there were long-term injury absentees in 2011, Pat Harte and Conor Mortimer (the latter now plying his trade at club level up the road from here with Parnells). Also included were a clutch of the younger brigade, all of whom will still be eligible for U21 action next year, with this cohort including Danny Kirby from Castlebar, Aghamore’s Brendan Harrison, Ballycastle’s Micheál Forde, Knockmore’s Shane McHale and this year’s minor captain, Conor O’Shea from Breaffy.
Six championship panelists from this year weren’t asked to attend last weekend’s session and they were Mark Ronaldson and Dermot Geraghty of Shrule/Glencorrib, Ballaghaderreen’s James Kilcullen, Ballinrobe’s Kenneth O’Malley, Castlebar’s Neil Douglas and James Burke who plays his club football up here with Ballymun.
According to the same article, some of those taking part in this weekend’s senior county final as well as some who lined out in last Sunday’s Intermediate decider will also be assessed over the coming weeks. As regards the latter, the storming performances put in last Sunday by Davitts’ captain Michael Conroy and centre-back Colm Boyle could well result in both getting an overdue recall to the county panel for 2012. By the way, Mike Finnerty’s report in the Mayo News on the Intermediate final is here.