Good morning from this gloriously sunny corner of Mayo, which makes a welcome change from all that rain yesterday. The tickets for Sunday are already in the bag (lots of them too – our order was at least 300% up on that for the quarters), we’re actively planning a tilt at the Reek tomorrow and there’s only five days to wait until our date with the Kerrymen at HQ.
On the injury front, from what I can see it appears likely that both Trevor Mortimer and Kerry’s Tomás Ó Sé will be fit to start on Sunday. In relation to our man, selector Paul Jordan says in today’s Indo that Trevor will “more than likely be okay” but that Peadar Gardiner has only a 50-50 chance of being ready for Sunday. That would makes sense as Peadar’s injury was, from what I gather, a proper hamstring pull so it’s unlikely he’ll feature but it’d be a great boost to us if Trevor can make it. That same report also states that Kenneth O’Malley has been called up as cover for Robbie Hennelly due to injury concerns relating to sub goalie David Clarke.
Turning to the opposition, it also appears likely that Tomás Ó Sé will have recovered in time to line out on Sunday. His hamstring problem wasn’t, it would appear, a full-on tear and, according to this report in the Indo, a bit of physio should leave him fine to start at Croke Park.
That same report also has a bit on the possible re-jigging of the Kerry backline for Sunday. There was talk last week of Shane Enright being recalled to the corner with Killian Young being moved to the wing and Aidan O’Mahony shifting across to displace Eoin Brosnan at centre-back. That’s all horseshit, in my humble opinion. It now appears Enright may not be fit and even if he is, I can’t see Jack O’Connor making three switches when one could do the trick, especially when it would mean moving O’Mahoney, who has struggled at 5 this year, over to 6. If Jack has lost confidence in Brosnan, it’d makes far more sense to replace him directly by the fit-again Tommy Griffin, which is what could well happen.
With the countdown to Sunday continuing, the interviews are starting to appear. James Horan features in two today – with Keith Duggan in the Irish Times and with Terry Reilly in the Irish Examiner. There’s also an interview with Alan Dillon on the RTÉ website.
That latter source also has a vomit-inducing piece with Darran O’Sullivan where the Kerry forward talks about the “heartache” and “devastation” of losing to Down last year and how he “couldn’t go through that again”. I’m sure he wasn’t even thinking about those hammerings his county inflicted on us in recent years when uttering these words but hopefully our lads – especially those who were there in ’04 and ’06 – will show him on Sunday how the pain of loss can drive a team on to extracting full and complete revenge.