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The pre-Salthill press event was held the other evening, to give the Fourth Estate plenty of raw material to work with for next week’s pre-match coverage, and some stuff from then has already started to appear. Colm Gannon in today’s Mayo Advertiser is the first of the locals to provide some coverage on this and his piece with quotes from Noel Connelly is here.
You’ll no doubt have seen some of this from other sources already, such as the news about Cillian O’Connor and the bit about the other injuries that are by all accounts on the way to clearing up ahead of the Pearse Stadium showdown on Sunday week, as this was already reported in some of the national media. Aside from Evan Regan’s longer-term rehab (and I’d be firmly of the view that he should remain on the panel while he once more regains fitness), we look to be in a good place at the minute from an injury perspective, which is exactly where you’d want to see us to be at this time of year.
Prep-wise, it sounds from that piece with Noel Connelly that we’re ready to roll too, with the joint-manager saying that “maybe three or four places” on the starting fifteen for Sunday week are still up for grabs but that decisions on these will be made this coming weekend. Then we’ll really be ready for action.
The Mayo News tweeted after the event the other evening that Keith Higgins, Colm Boyle and Barry Moran were all in upbeat mood and raring to go for Salthill. If this is indicative of morale in general within the squad (and I think it’s reasonable to assume that it is) then it sounds as if this particular group of players still has plenty to give on the big stage. Hopefully, Sunday week will show that this is indeed the case.
On a separate note, you may also have seen news about the recently launched initiative by Mayo GAA and Smart Lotto to raise funds that’ll go directly towards training and welfare for all football and hurling players lining out for the county at minor level upwards. A piece on this worthy development in this week’s Mayo News is here and if you want to contribute to the fund by taking part in the Smart Lotto draw, then click here.