This piece was updated to include details of Friday’s Connacht Minor Championship match between Mayo and Roscommon and fixture details for the Mayo/Armagh Rackard Cup tie on Saturday.
The week that has just started is set to be a busy one for a number of Mayo teams. There are seven Championship encounters involving Mayo teams down for decision between now and Sunday.
Full fixture details haven’t been confirmed as yet for all of these matches. It’s still worthwhile, though, from an overview perspective to give them all a mention so you have a broad outline of the week’s on-field agenda.
First up are the U20 footballers, whose Connacht final meeting with Roscommon has been confirmed for MacHale Park in Castlebar on Wednesday evening. Throw-in for this provincial decider is 7.30pm and the match is being broadcast live on TG4, with full live match commentary as well on Midwest Radio.
While most of us will be content to take this one in from the couch some of you would, no doubt, prefer to be there. If so, you’ll be interested to know that Connacht GAA announced the other day that a very limited number of tickets will go on sale this morning at 10am. Details on that are here.
Next, the county’s Minor footballers are in Connacht Championship action on Friday evening. Roscommon provide the opposition in what is a provincial quarter-final tie – a straight knockout one at that – and the match is being played at Dr Hyde Park. Throw-in time on Friday evening is 7pm and a limited number of tickets for the game will go on sale tomorrow (Wednesday) at 10am – details here.
Onto Saturday where at least one and possibly up to three matches involving the county could be taking place.
The one match that has been confirmed for definite is the LGFA Group 1 Round 3 meeting with Armagh. That game has been fixed for Breffni Park in Cavan at 2pm and it’ll be streamed live on the excellent LGFA/TG4 Player.
While both teams are already through to the knock-out stages, the winners of this one will top Group 1 and so will get a more favourable quarter-final draw, which means there’s still a good bit of stake in Saturday’s game.
The three matches for which details haven’t been confirmed all relate to the small ball.
The county’s hurlers are also set to face Armagh at the weekend, though in their case this is in the semi-final of the Rackard Cup. That game will be played either on Saturday or Sunday and there’s no word yet where or at what time it’ll be on.
UPDATE: This match has now been confirmed for Saturday at 1.30pm and the venue is Seán Mac Diarmada Park in Carrick-on-Shannon.
The same goes for the county’s camogie team, who return to Championship action after a long hiatus this weekend. They’re playing in the Nancy Murray Cup and are set to face Donegal in Round 1 either on Saturday or Sunday.
The Minor camogie team are also in action, with a first round Championship game against Tyrone down for decision on Sunday. The venue and throw-in time for that has also to be confirmed.
A quick shout-out, by the way, for the county’s U16 camogie team who contested the All-Ireland final yesterday. They lost out to Wicklow in the decider but they did hugely well to make it to the national decider after what was a great campaign for them. More on that on the Mayo camogie website – here.
Then on Sunday it’s the Connacht SFC final. The venue is Croke Park, the throw-in time is 1.30pm and the match will be broadcast live on RTÉ, with the national station also providing match commentary on radio, as will Midwest.
Tickets are already being distributed to clubs and, as a result, we know that they’re priced at €35 a head, with no concessions. Tickets are also set to go on general sale today but I’m afraid that’s as much as I know on that at the minute.
So there’s the rough outline of the week’s action that lies ahead. More details on all these games will be filled in over the coming days.