Our opening NFL match against Derry on the 2nd of February has, according to this report in the Mayo News, been switched from the building site known as McHale Park to James Stephens Park in Ballina. The decision is no great surprise, I suppose, given that the redevelopment work at Castlebar is far from complete and I guess it could also mean that our other home games (against Westmeath, the Dubs and Tyrone) get shifted northwards. In this regard, Sean Feeney says in that report that the decision about whether or not to hold the Westmeath game, which is scheduled for the 8th of March, at county HQ “depends on weather conditions”. I never knew they had better weather in Ballina than they have in Castlebar: I thought the weather was shite all over the county in March. But, like Bev and the forty-one grand, you learn something new every day.
If McHale Park is out of action totally for this year’s NFL then maybe the time is right to reinstitute that old practice of hawking league matches around the county. What about playing the Westmeath match in Charlestown, sending the Dubs down to Belmullet (just for the crack – that’d keep Joe Duffy going for a week) and dispatching Tyrone to Ballinrobe where we could take them on under the lights? Any better ideas, anyone?
Before I go, here’s a new blog, which could be of interest to you: onthecuffe is penned by another Mayoman and he says he’ll be writing about football, politics and whatever you’re having yourself. He already has a few posts under his belt so you might want to wander over there and have a look for yourself. One for the bookmarks, I think.