Although the focus will be fixed fairly firmly in the inter-county direction over the coming weeks, it’s still worth mentioning the draws for the Senior, Intermediate and Junior club championships, which were held last night in Breaffy House Hotel and which produced a number of tasty match-ups.
The Senior draw came out as follows:
Group 1: Knockmore, Shrule-Glencorrib, Garrymore, Aghamore.
Group 2: Castlebar Mitchels, Crossmolina, Ballinrobe, Kiltane.
Group 3: Ballintubber, Breaffy, Davitts, Claremorris.
Group 4: Ballina Stephenites, Ballaghaderreen, Westport, Tourmakeady.
Although it has none of the grand dames of the club scene in its ranks, Group 3 is the one that leaps out of that bunch, featuring as it does back-to-back champions Ballintubber and local rivals Breaffy and then adds for good measure two other local rivals in the form of Claremorris and promoted Davitts.
The Senior draw was summed up nicely last night by Liam Horan wearing his Ballinrobe GAA hat in this audio clip. Watch out for his mention of the Joe Dolan group.
The Intermediate draw is as follows:
Group 1: Parke, Ballyhaunis, Swinford, Kiltimagh.
Group 2: Charlestown, Cill Chomain, Achill, Islandeady.
Group 3: Burrishoole, Kilmaine, Bonniconlon, Killala.
Group 4: Hollymount-Carramore, Belmullet, Mayo Gaels, Moy Davitts.
And this is how the Junior draw ended up:
Group 1: Kilmeena, Castlebar B, Louisburgh, Kilmovee, Knockmore B, Balla.
Group 2: Ardnaree, Ardagh, Kilfine, Ballina B, Ballintubber B, Ballycastle.
Group 3: The Neale, Ballycroy, Lacken, Moygownagh, Hollymount-Carramore B, Ballaghaderreen B.
Group 4: Lahardane, Crossmolina B, Eastern Gaels, Shrule-Glencorrib B, Aghamore B.
What struck me when following the draw last night was how easy it now is to do so, with regular Twitter updates from the event by the usual suspects. It’s not an exaggeration to claim that you could now be out in the arse-end of Antarctica and still be able to keep up with what hitherto would have been regarded as rather arcane news (assuming your mobile or satellite signal out there was okay). Well done to all involved: @MayoGAA, @ColmGannon and @BallinrobeGAA.
By the way, the manner in which the use of social media has revolutionised reporting from GAA matches is discussed in this interesting article by the lads behind the @GAAScores Twitter feed. I haven’t yet started to include the #GAAScores hashtag in my match-day tweets but must remember to do so in future and it’d be good if others did too as the tweets would then all end up in the one repository. And, given the number of #mayogaa tweets that tend to be flying around on match days, it should considerably up the traffic coming in that direction too. Win-win and all that.