With all the brouhaha that’s been going on about the Leeroy and Diarmuid tango – which reached a delicious apotheosis yesterday with #ThingsLeeDid – you’d be forgiven for losing focus on the match itself. We can’t afford to do so, though, as it’s coming close now, very close in fact, with throw-in at 5pm the day after tomorrow.
Dublin apparently have their pre-match media thing on today (it could be on right now or it could even be over already – I’ve no idea on specifics there), choosing to go late rather than early. We, of course, had all that done and dusted early last week.
I’m told that Dublin may have been hatching plans to show the assembled hacks some bespoke Leemuid video analysis but I do hope for their own sakes that they didn’t go ahead with this. Even they must know what right asses they’ve made of themselves on that front this week. If they’ve dumb enough to do this, though, you can be sure that the clips they show won’t include the ones where Connolly should have got a black card for a drag-down (here) or a straight red for striking (here).
There’s no word yet on teams for Saturday. Both sides produced the same dazzling tactical manoeuvre in the drawn game, by starting the teams they’d named in advance, so this has heightened interest in the counties’ respective team announcements for the rematch. Maybe they’ll do the same again or maybe they’ll both revert to unveiling a few last minute changes. Who knows?
Both counties named their starting line-ups on the Friday prior to the drawn game and, according to the Mayo News this week, we’re likely to reveal our pick for the rematch around lunchtime tomorrow. In that piece, Mike Finnerty also says we’re set to name an unchanged team and I’d be surprised, to be honest, were we to do anything else. Dublin will, most likely, hold off until later tomorrow before they reveal their starting fifteen.
With Saturday fast approaching, this Mayo News piece by Edwin McGreal is worth a read as it deals with logistics in terms of travel, grub and so forth. The GAA’s own advice on circulation around Croke Park is also something you should have a quick scan over – it’s here.
As I write this, I’ve no idea what’s happening with the buses for Saturday. I know it’s all jaw-jaw on that front right now but if there’s no breakthrough in the talks then the strike could well go ahead, with all the chaos and dislocation that would entail.
Hopefully it won’t come to that. With a bit of luck, all the havoc and turmoil we’ll see in the capital on the day will be within the Dublin ranks as we go to town on them rightly that evening under the lights at Croke Park. It’s coming near, folks – time to get ready to go again.
Let’s finish, then, with a musical call to arms from the pupils of Moyne College, Ballina:
There’s one last and final chance to win a ticket for the replay in the Mayo GAA Players Welfare Lotto, with six tickets up for grabs in tomorrow evening’s draw. Play the Lotto here.