I’ve just seen confirmation of match-related dates for next year so diaries at the ready, folks, as here they are.
First off the FBD (which, I know, you’re all waiting on with bated breath), where in Section A, our three-match January schedule is as follows:
- Round 1: MAYO v NUIG, MacHale Park, 3rd January, 2pm
- Round 2: MAYO v IT Sligo, Ballina, 10th January, 2pm
- Round 3: Roscommon v MAYO, Ballinlough, 17th January, 2pm
The full list of 2016 FBD fixtures is here.
I presume the final is on the following Sunday (24th January) but, hey, let’s not be losing the run of ourselves at this stage.
The date for our senior championship opener, away to London has also been confirmed. This Connacht preliminary round tie will take place in Ruislip on 29th May (throw-in time to be confirmed).
If we race madly ahead of ourselves, forget totally what nearly befell us the last time we played over there and so assume we come through against London, our resultant Connacht semi-final against Galway would take place at MacHale Park on Saturday, 18th June at 7pm. (Yes, you did read that correctly.) The Connacht final will be held next year on 10th July.
Dates for the U21 and minor championships are also out. We’re paired with Leitrim in the semi-finals of both next year and both ties are away ones (presumably in Carrick). The U21 semi-final will take place on either Wednesday, 16th March or Saturday, 19th March while the minor semi-final will be held on Wednesday, 29th June.
The juniors, meanwhile, have been drawn away to Sligo and that semi-final tie will be played on Wednesday, 4th May.
Full details on all of next year’s Connacht championship fixtures at senior, U21, minor and junior levels are here.
UPDATE: The 2016 NFL schedule has now been confirmed as well. Full details here (pdf).