Mayo GAA today announced fixture dates for next year relating to Senior and U17 levels that will, no doubt, be of interest to all and sundry.
Starting with Senior, I guess the only place to start is the FBD League, the traditional pre-season warmer-upper for Connacht counties. Like this year, all of next January’s FBD fixtures will be played in the fabulous Connacht GAA Air Dome (and it is truly fabulous, I was lucky to get a look at it myself a while back).
Galway play Leitrim there in a quarter-final match on Friday, 6th January, with the winners playing ourselves on Saturday, 14th. Sligo play Roscommon on Friday, 13th, with the final set for Friday, 20th. No throw-in times have been confirmed for these fixtures as yet.
National League fixture details for next spring have yet to be released but the draw for next year’s Connacht Championship has, of course, already been made and today’s announcement by Mayo GAA also confirmed details of the Nestor Cup fixtures for 2023.
You won’t need reminding that we’ve been drawn against Roscommon in the quarter-finals. That game will take place on Sunday, 9th April at MacHale Park. You’ll also know that the winners of that game have been paired with Galway in the provincial semi-final and that tie will take place on the weekend of 22nd/23rd April. The Connacht final next year is fixed for Sunday, 7th May.
At U17 level, meanwhile, here are the details announced today for next year’s Connacht Championship for round-robin matches involving us. First team named has home advantage in each case.
- ROUND 1: Roscommon v Mayo
- ROUND 2: Bye
- ROUND 3: Mayo v Galway
- ROUND 4: Leitrim v Mayo
- ROUND 5: Mayo v Sligo
As was the case this year, the county that tops the group in the round-robin stage qualifies directly for the Connacht final. The second- and third-placed teams contest the semi-final while the bottom two play the Shield final. No dates for any of these U17 matches have been confirmed at this stage.