On Sunday at MacHale Park this year’s county Junior football championship reaches its climax as Achill and Balla battle it out for possession of the Pete McDonnell Cup. Days like this are the very essence of club football and so to mark the occasion we’ve got a bonus episode of the Mayo News football podcast to preview the JFC decider.
Host Rob Murphy and I chat about Sunday’s final and what it means to both teams, touching along the way topics like Balla’s blockbuster midfield pairing back in the Nineties, the great Scanlon Cup battles that took place for decades in Achill and the contrasting occupations held by players from the two competing teams on Sunday.
Then we hear from the opposing camps. Rob takes the temperature in Balla where he speaks with selector John Dempsey as well as with Conor Walsh and Sean Burke, both of whom are on the Balla playing panel this year. After that we head west in the company of adopted Achill man Edwin McGreal who settles in for a discussion with club stalwarts Michael Joyce, Cormac Murphy and Packie McGinty. Following that, Ed joins his Mayo News colleague Mike Finnerty to preview the decider.
This bonus episode of the Mayo News podcast is now online and available to listen to on iTunes and SoundCloud. You can also listen to it directly on the Mayo News website as well as here on the blog using the SoundCloud player below or the one on the right.
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