We’re still in the West where I’m (almost) blissfully unaware of the Dubs’ latest championship demolition job. I say almost because I have, of course, seen the reports on their quarter-final against Monaghan on Saturday evening but I didn’t see the game itself, though I can imagine fairly easily what it must have been like in visual terms.
So on the blue juggernaut rolls but I’d be very much of the opinion that this isn’t of any enormous interest to us right now. Dublin may go on and do the same to Donegal in the semis (I’d say there’s a good chance they will) but it’s only if we manage to get past Kerry in our penultimate round tie on Sunday week that any of this becomes relevant to us. Which means that all we should be talking about now is the Kerry game.
The main reason I sat down to do this quick post tonight was, however, to draw your attention to two pieces in today’s papers (in the Irish Independent and Irish Examiner) where it’s reported that James Horan was an interested spectator at Tuam Stadium on Saturday night where Gavin Duffy was playing for Salthill/Knocknacarra in their Galway club championship match against Caltra. Gavin lined out at midfield and that Indo report says James “will have been impressed with his high fielding and distribution before he was tactically substituted midway through the second half”. Salthill/Knocknacarra came out on top, by the way, in this match on a scoreline of 1-8 to 0-8.
Since being called into the senior football squad a few months back, the former rugby international has yet to feature in the 26-man match-day panel. His position within the squad, as a result, remains something of an enigma and it’s still far from clear if Gavin will play any active part at all for us in this year’s championship campaign. Perhaps James’ attendance at Tuam on Saturday evening constitutes a hint that he might but then again maybe it doesn’t. At this stage, I suppose it’s best to keep everyone, in particular the Kerrymen, guessing as to what James’ plans might be in this regard.