The County Board have announced this evening that next month’s planned trip to New York for the FBD final won’t go ahead. The County Board’s statement confirming this decision and the reasons for it is here.
Our run to this year’s All-Ireland final has obviously put the county under some pressure to complete the club championships in time to allow the winners to take part in their respective provincial campaigns. Because of this, as well as the unavailability of a number of other players due to personal commitments, it’s understandable that we’ve found ourselves in the situation where we simply can’t field enough of the county panel to enable the trip to New York to take place the weekend after next.
This means that our 2012 inter-county season will not end, as it was planned to do, early next month 3,000 miles away in New York. Instead, it’s already over as it ended when the final whistle was blown in the All-Ireland final last Sunday. And let’s face it – a packed Croke Park on All-Ireland final day was, in any event, a more appropriate moment for the curtain to fall on Mayo’s season this year.