The Mayo News is reporting that Mark Ronaldson, who was dropped from the squad after an underwhelming showing in the league campaign, has now rejoined the panel. According to the report mentioned above, he lined out in last week’s challenge game against Donegal (I haven’t been able to locate any kind of report on this contest, I’m afraid) and so too did Aghamore’s Cathal Freeman.
Adding some additional firepower in the forwards will certainly do no harm, in particular if it means we’re also going to jettison this daft tactic of deploying a sweeper in every match. It needs to be borne in mind, though, that Mark has little or nothing in the way of championship pedigree: his only championship appearances for us so far have been as a sub and I think it’s fair to say that he’s not significantly more reliable at the freetaking than any of the other seven who tried their luck in this department in Ruislip. The return of the diminutive Shrule-Glencorrib man shouldn’t, therefore, be viewed as any kind of one-man panacea for us.
The squad trained on three separate occasions last week (as well as playing that challenge game) and, in that Mayo News report, James Horan professes his happiness with the level of commitment shown. But it appears that the training schedule now has to play second fiddle to the club championship, the first round of which takes place this coming weekend. I know, I know – the club action is important in its own right but facing into such a crucial clash on June 26th, you’d think we’d give ourselves every opportunity to make sure that all our preparations are as they should be. I can’t help but feel that we need Round 1 of the club championship this weekend like we do the proverbial hole in the head.
But at least we’re in the semi-final. John Prenty wins this week’s bleedin’ obvious comment award by revealing to the Mayo News that a victory for London would have been a “financial disaster”. Three-hundred and fifty big ones it would have cost the Connacht Council, John reckons, had London pulled off the shock GAA result of the century. And that’s to say nothing of the footballing disaster the county narrowly avoided in Ruislip as well.