Hurlers in Rackard Cup action today

There’s Mayo-related GAA action on both today and tomorrow and the hurlers are first up. They take on Monaghan in the Nicky Rackard Cup this afternoon at Clontibret, with throw-in at O’Neill Park set for 2pm.

From what I can see, the Rackard Cup is knockout this year, which makes this afternoon’s clash with the Farney lads, in effect, a quarter-final tie. Tyrone have, apparently, a bye today, with Armagh taking on Leitrim and Donegal playing Longford in the day’s other two games.

We’ve a good chance to do well in this competition – which we won back in 2016 – with Armagh, who we beat in that 2016 decider, and Tyrone possibly the others to watch for. Due to all the Covid-induced upheaval there’ll be no promotion to the Christy Ring Cup for the Rackard winners this year.

Colm Gannon has a good preview of today’s match with Monaghan in the Mayo Advertiserhere.

It was also announced this morning that the game will be streamed live from Clontibret by Monaghan GAA on their YouTube channel. The link for that is here and, seeing as it’s on YouTube and is straightforward to embed the video feed here, I’ll have it here as a live video blog here on the site too. Fair play to Monaghan GAA for this initiative.

Best of luck to the hurlers this afternoon.

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