Local action goes national

Image: RTÉ

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.

Senior

Intermediate

Junior

8 thoughts on “Local action goes national

  1. Wonderful news…
    Will certainly soften blow somewhat of been unable to attend games that National broadcaster is coming West….Thanks again Willie Joe, for incredible service…

  2. The Mayo GAA TV crew have done a great job over the last few weekends imo. At club level they set the scene and analyzed the action in a accurate, knowledgeable and sensitive way. They have done an excellent job and they will be a hard act to follow. The national broadcaster in contrast have rarely covered themselves in glory. Their coverage of IC games is more reminiscent of a comical soap rather than the coverage of a sporting event. Their coverage of the action west of the Shannon over the years has been farcical and at times comical irrespective of who is taking part. I wouldn’t be holding my breath on Saturday night for any improvement from this organization.

  3. Any word if Cairde members are getting any free games again this weekend, or was last weekend a once off. Either way, games this weekend are €6 each or the 3 games Sunday for €15.

  4. Mail just received re Cairde Mhaigheo free access to the Mayo GAA TV service. This offer has now been extended to include all remaining games in the Mayo club Championships. If you’ve already availed of the offer last weekend the same code you got then remains active.

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