Ballintubber’s historic year came to a sudden end this afternoon in Tuam Stadium, where they came up short by a single point against Galway champions Killererin. I know that match was shown in full on deferred coverage on TG4 but I have to confess that all I saw of it was the bit they showed on the news.
Conditions at Tuam this afternoon didn’t look all that appetising (we had a grand day up here but the rain and the wind are starting to get going in earnest now) and, from what they had to say on RTÉ, the Tubbermen were undone in trying to defend a half-time lead in the teeth of what must have been a strong wind. What was the crack with the Ballintubber lads sporting the Mayo jerseys, by the way? I wonder if it was a hark back to what was common practice in the early days of the Association – when county teams were drawn more or less exclusively from the ranks of the county champions – or perhaps it was James Horan looking to get some experience under his belt of walking the line at Tuam in charge of a team sporting the Green and Red.
Ballintubber’s defeat means that it’s the third year in a row that our senior county champions will have failed to add the provincial title to their Moclair Cup success. Killererin will now meet Roscommon’s St. Brigid’s – who shipped three goals today against Glencar/Manorhamilton but who still managed to make it over the line at Carrick-on-Shannon – in the Connacht final.
It wasn’t all bad news on the club front today, however, as junior county champions Parke were crowned Connacht junior champions following a seven-point win (2-16 to 2-9) over Leitrim’s Eslin. (My thanks to Club Mayo Dublin for this result – that’s all the news I have of it, I’m afraid). Parke’s next obstacle on the way to possible All-Ireland glory will be the English champions whom they’ll square up to in an All-Ireland quarter-final, which I guess will be played early next year.