Yesterday wasn’t just county final day in Mayo as the senior club deciders in both Galway and Roscommon were played as well. The matches at both Hyde Park and Tuam Stadium produced emphatic outcomes, with St. Brigid’s sealing their fifth Roscommon title in a row when they had fourteen points to spare over St. Faithleach’s while Corofin crushed St. Michael’s by 5-12 to 0-9 to claim back-to-back titles in Galway.
Aughawillan won the Leitrim championship a few weeks back, in what was a major upset as they beat defending champions St. Mary’s in the decider to claim their first senior county title in twenty years, while Tubbercurry were the victors in Sligo, with their win last weekend over St. Mary’s (the Sligo ones, obviously) landing them their first county title since 1991 and their 20th in all.
Next Sunday sees the start of the Connacht club championship, with Tubbercurry and Aughawillan facing off at Markievicz Park (throw-in 2pm). The winners of that one will play Corofin in the semis on November 9th, with the venue dependent on who emerges from next Sunday’s quarter-final clash. The Ballintubber/St. Brigid’s semi-final is also down for decision on November 9th, with this one fixed for MacHale Park (throw-in 2pm). Full fixture details from Connacht GAA are here.
The bookies have installed Corofin as the hot favourites to emerge from the west this year – the Galway champs are priced at 2/5 to land the Connacht title for the first time since 2009, while the 2013 All-Ireland club champions St. Brigid’s are on offer at 7/2, with Ballintubber available at 11/2. Full odds from Paddy Power here.
While Corofin probably deserve their tag as favourites, I’m not sure those kind of odds are fully justified in what’s likely to be a hard-fought three-cornered contest. Castlebar Mitchels upset the odds last year by beating both Corofin and Brigid’s to claim the provincial title and while those prices, and the draw they’ve been given, dictate that Ballintubber will have to do the same if they’re to emulate Mitchels’ achievement twelve months ago, their cause is far from hopeless.
Nothing for it but a poll, I reckon – who’ll win the Connacht club title this year? Time to vote.
Who'll win the Connacht club title?
- Ballintubber (40%, 166 Votes)
- Corofin (32%, 132 Votes)
- St Brigid's (22%, 89 Votes)
- Aughawillan (5%, 22 Votes)
- Tubbercurry (1%, 4 Votes)
Total Voters: 413