Back to work (after a fashion) today so no better way to break the monotony with a quick round-up of stuff that needs rounding up.
First, the unwelcome news – already covered in the comments – that Michael Conroy’s 2015 season is over. The Davitts clubman confirmed as much on Twitter earlier on and the Mayo Advertiser have now done a quick piece repeating this confirmation (here).
It’s a desperately disappointing development for Mickey himself, a player who has suffered way more than his fair share of injury problems in recent years. Injury prevented him from getting any kind of decent run in the side since Noel and Pat took over – the only competitive match he started in this year was the League clash with Tyrone in February and he was then sidelined until the Cork match (remember his 60-second cameo off the bench before being harshly black-carded that day in Páirc Uí Rinn?) at the end of March. He also came on as a sub the following weekend against Donegal and that was the last inter-county action he took part in this year.
In the wider scheme of things, this isn’t a big blow or anything, opening up as it does a vacancy on the match-day 26 for a number of players – including the likes of Mikey Sweeney, Danny Kirby – pushing hard to make the bench for the semi-final. That’s not, though, the point: Mickey’s been an integral member of the squad for a number of years (as well as sharing the distinction with Alan Dillon and Andy Moran as the only players who took part in the 2004 All-Ireland final to still be around now) and it’d be great to have him there for the rest of the year too. Get well soon, Mickey.
Other negative news (not really news at this stage but I haven’t mentioned it before now) from Saturday was the ladies’ All-Ireland quarter-final defeat to Kerry down in Limerick. I only saw part of the first half on TV myself before having to go out and I thought they were well in it, if a bit under pressure, at that stage. The next time I checked my phone, though, Kerry had got the two goals and that was that. Hard luck to the girls and well done for their efforts in 2015.
The lads, meanwhile, are counting down the days to the All-Ireland semi-final against Dublin on Sunday week, as, of course, the rest of us are too. There’s no news or anything about the match as yet but one thing that’s well worth another mention is the Players Training and Welfare Fund Lotto. There’s a big Lotto draw on later tonight, with loads of prizes (including several tickets for the semi) so, if you haven’t yet contributed to the cause via the lotto, now’s a good time to do so. Full details on how to do this are on the Mayo GAA website (here) or on the Smartlotto site (here).