The club Championship quarter-finals are on this coming weekend and it was announced today that RTÉ will be showing two of the SFC games live on Saturday evening.
It’s a good call by the national broadcaster. The Mayo SFC doesn’t always make for compelling, high quality entertainment but this year’s Championship has, so far, been the best one in ages. The group stages have featured several compelling contests and, from what I’ve seen, the quality of the football has been well above anything witnessed in recent Moclair Cup campaigns.
All of the SFC quarter-final ties this weekend will be staged at MacHale Park. That cuts down on the logistics involved in covering them and, between RTÉ and Mayo GAA TV, all four matches from the Castlebar venue will be shown live.
RTÉ are broadcasting the two Saturday evening matches, with their coverage on RTÉ2 getting underway from MacHale Park at 5.10pm that evening. Both have the potential to be fairly stirring contests.
First up it’s the meeting of champions Ballintubber and Knockmore (throw-in 5.30pm). Then it’s the clash between last year’s beaten finalists Ballaghaderreen and Breaffy (throw-in 7.30pm).
Mayo GAA TV take over for the two Sunday games in the SFC. They’ll be streaming the matches between Westport and The Neale at 2pm and the meeting of Ballina Stephenites and Aghamore at 4pm, both from MacHale Park.
Mayo GAA TV are also streaming two IFC quarter-finals this weekend. The first is the clash between Mayo Gaels and Balla from Claremorris on Saturday (throw-in 3.30pm) and the second is the match between Kiltimagh and Crossmolina Deel Rovers from James Stephens Park in Ballina on Sunday (throw-in 12pm).
So, a feast of Mayo club football is set to be available for viewing this coming weekend. That sure helps to soften the blow of another round of football action taking place behind closed doors.
All the fixture details for the weekend’s Championship ties have now been confirmed. Here they are.