The weather might still feel more like Kamkatcha than Castlebar at the minute (certainly in these parts) but out of the frozen tundra (well, out of this morning’s Indo) comes the first hard information about the Mayo senior team for 2010. There’s a bit of an interview in that esteemed journal today with Johnno, where he gives his opinion on the new rules and also provides some information on who will and who won’t be around for the FBD campaign this month. The article concludes with full details of the 26-man panel that’s been announced for the FBD and here are these details:
Mayo 2010 FBD League Squad: David Clarke, Robert Hennelly, Liam O’Malley, Donal Vaughan, Keith Higgins, Peadar Gardiner, Trevor Howley, Chris Barrett, Andy Moran, Alan Feeney, Shane Nally, Lee Keegan, Kevin Keane, Ronan McGarrity, Tom Parsons, Barry Kelly, Pat Harte, Trevor Mortimer, Mark Ronaldson, Mikey Sweeney, Aidan O’Shea, Neil Douglas, Ger McDonagh, Barry Moran, Jimmy Killeen, Kevin Walsh.
It’s only the FBD so I guess there’s no point trying to read too much into the above list, not least because some of the lads who you’d expect to see included will instead be lining out for third level institutions and, as well as that, regulars such as Alan Dillon, Conor Mortimer, Aidan Kilcoyne, Ger Cafferkey and Tom Cunniffe are all ruled out. The first two are off swanning around the Antipodes until the middle of next month, while the latter trio are all injured. Killer has been crocked more or less since the Meath match back in August whereas Ger apparently came a cropper during the current icy spell, breaking a bone in his hand. Tom – who was out injured for most of last year – is reportedly “laid up”, which sounds like the best option for all of us in the current conditions.
What’s good to see from the squad is that a number of players who have shone at minor and U21 in recent years – such as Robert Hennelly, Shane Nally, Lee Keegan, Kevin Keane, Neil Douglas and Ger McDonagh – have been given the chance to step up to senior level, to join the likes of Donal Vaughan, Aidan O’Shea and the others who have already made the jump. It’s also good to see a few of those players who picked up club awards back in November – like Alan Feeney and Jimmy Killeen – being given a chance to shine at inter-county level.
When this will happen is open to question, I guess. The big freeze is set to continue for at least another week or ten days, which could knock on the head not just this Sunday’s opening tie against NUIG (which is a home fixture but I don’t know where this is being played) but also the following Sunday’s home clash with Sligo IT. All we can do, I suppose, is sit back and wait for the thaw but if I hear anything about whether or not this weekend’s match is going ahead, I’ll confirm it here.
(Photo of abandoned frozen ships at Kamkatcha from englishrussia.com)