Davitts’ big date on Sunday

You’ll be glad (at least I think you will) that I haven’t decided to join all that well-meaning but rather pointless protesting, à la Wikipedia and others, that’s going on in the internet across the world today. The rise of the online world has also, to my mind, resulted in a concomitant rise in rather soft-headed, attention-seeking tokenism of which this is just the latest example. Hey – there’s an idea, do you think I could get #pointlesstokenism trending on Twitter?

Meanwhile, back in the real world (i.e. the one where we’re all consumed by what’s happening on the Mayo GAA scene) there’s more than one match to look forward to this coming Sunday. While the county team will, one hopes, be doing the business against the Sheepstealers in the FBD in Ballinlough (throw-in 2pm), Davitts will at the same time be contesting the Intermediate club All-Ireland semi-final against Éire Óg of Greystones with that match fixed for O’Connor Park in Tullamore (throw-in also 2pm).

The South Mayo lads were convincing winners of both the county and provincial titles in the back-end of last year and powered by county panelists Michael Conroy and Colm Boyle, they’ll really fancy their chances of getting past the Wicklow and Leinster champions to book their place in the All-Ireland final at Croke Park. Ahead of Sunday’s clash, Davitts’ midfielder Ronan McNamara was interviewed by Mike Finnerty in the Mayo News where he spoke about the club’s great run since the start of last year, the positive influence of Pete Warren and his (i.e. Ronan’s not Pete’s) dodgy knee.

I can’t find any odds on the match itself next Sunday but I see that Paddy Power have the Ballindine/Irishtown lads down at 2/1 for the title, where they’re second favourites behind Kerry’s Milltown-Castlemaine (who, incidentally, face Derry’s Craigbane in the other semi-final on Sunday). Éire Óg are, at least in betting terms, the outsiders for the title and are on offer at 5/1 so if you reverse engineer the maths that makes Davitts quite strong favourites to prevail over the Garden County lads at O’Connor Park on Sunday.

Here’s hoping they do and, in the process, become the first Mayo club to contest an All-Ireland final at this level since these championships were officially inaugurated back in 2003. Best of luck, lads.

3 thoughts on “Davitts’ big date on Sunday

  1. Im exiled in greystones but it is home now.I got involved with eire og over the last six years and im delighted they are finally having their day in the sun.Im a neighbour of davits so know both clubs well, who will win? not much between them. its all on the day. Eire Og Abu.

  2. exiled in greystones? neighbour of davitts? remember51…. are you prendergast or costello?
    na daibheidi abu!!!!!

  3. Im neither but know both bucks well. Sound men, both knee deep in eire og now.
    Hope its a good match. Watch out for Darran Hayden. Hes a brilliant player, and stephen Kelly, a fantastic centre back. Defence very good, hard working midfield and lots of pace in forwards.

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