There we were today, licking our chomps in preparation at the announcement of Mayo’s match day 26 for Sunday. Would Paddy be back? Would Diarmuid be risked? And would Cillian feature on the bench?
While there’s still time tonight for the team sheet to be published, I somehow doubt we’re going to see it with such alacrity on this occasion. Indeed, I think there has to be a doubt as to whether we’ll release details of our full match day panel ahead of Sunday at all. After all, none of our opponents did this for any of the Division One games we played this year and more than one of them didn’t even bother to name a first fifteen in advance.
So, lookit, we could be back in the land of playing our cards close to our chest in that department, which is perfectly reasonable, even if it does leave Mike and Billy Joe without what’s become a regular topic on the ‘Here Comes the Weekend’ pod. Never mind, I gather Mike has not one but two Kerry legends lined up for this week’s show so the chat they’ll engender will definitely make up for the absence of any team news.
I was just looking back on past results this evening – I’ve a bit of time on my hands right now, the reason for which will become ever clearer over the coming days – and it just dawned on me that today is three years to the exact date since we beat Kerry in that memorable League final. So, in lieu of team news for Sunday, I thought that a trip down that particular memory lane might be in order.
My match report for the blog on that final is here.
Our specially extended League final podcast episode is here.
And here’s the full game to watch all over again. Enjoy!