We’ve a Bank Holiday weekend to look forward to in a few days time – the new St Brigid’s one – and we’ve got three Mayo matches to keep an eye on this weekend too.
The county’s hurlers are in action first. Having suffered relegation last year, they’re now operating in Division 3A of the National Hurling League, a level you’d think in which they should prosper. Their NHL campaign gets underway this Saturday at MacHale Park with an opening round meeting against Roscommon, a game that’s scheduled to throw in at 2pm.
Both the women and the men footballers have League matches far away from home on Sunday afternoon.
The women’s game is the earlier one. They’re off to Dungarvan to take on Waterford in the third round of their LGFA NFL Division One campaign. Michael Moyles’ team were unlucky to suffer narrow home defeats to Cork and Kerry but those two losses leave us rooted to the foot of the table along with Donegal.
By coincidence, Waterford’s opening two games were also against Cork and Kerry, except in the opposite order to which we played them. Like us, they lost out to Kerry by just a single point, that match in Piltown ending 1-9 to 1-8 in the Kingdom’s favour. At the same venue yesterday, though, the Decies played out a 2-9 apiece draw with Cork.
The men are also in action across the country on Sunday, in their case up in the Cathedral City. Their match away to Armagh throws in at the Athletic Grounds at 3.30pm and that game is being shown live on TG4.
Interestingly, the ref for Sunday is Fergal Kelly, in whose ear Padraic Joyce and his compadres were yabbering constantly at MacHale Park on Saturday night as the Longford official was endeavouring to perform his linesman duties.
I’ll have more on the Armagh game tomorrow and I may even rise to a poll on it then. I clean forgot to do a similar piece ahead of the Galway game – that’s the split season for you, I’d got out of the habit altogether. Saturday night’s raucous atmosphere at MacHale Park helped to spit out the dirty petrol, though, so it’s back to normal service for the one coming up against the Orchard County.