The club Championships are back on this weekend, with the final round of group matches taking place in the Senior, Intermediate and Junior football championships.
Everything is on the line in Round 3, with play-off places up for grabs and, at the other end of the spectrum, relegation play-offs to be avoided. It’s set, then, to be a tense weekend for many clubs, with so many of them hoping for the best while at the same time fearing the worst.
These are the games – all being played at neutral venues – where strong support would be of great help to all the teams in action. But the recently announced Covid-19 restrictions, forcing all sporting events to take place behind closed doors, mean that fans can’t shout for their clubs and must instead follow the action from the outside.
Mayo GAA TV – more on that below – will be doing their bit to help by streaming four live matches this weekend and at least one other game I know of will be streamed live over YouTube. I’ll get back to this shortly.
First, here are the full list of Round 3 fixtures in the three Championships this weekend.
Mayo GAA TV are streaming two matches live on Saturday and another two on Sunday. On Saturday the featured games are the Group 4 Castlebar Mitchels v Westport clash from Breaffy at 5pm, followed by the Group 3 Knockmore v Ballina Stephenites meeting from Crossmolina at 7pm. Match passes for each of these games cost €5 and you can buy them here.
On Sunday the two featured games are both being streamed from Ballina. First up is the IFC Group 1 clash between Kiltimagh and Bonniconlon (1pm) and that’s followed by the SFC Group 1 match between Belmullet and Garrymore (4pm). Match passes for these two games, again priced at €5 each, are available to purchase here.
In addition, Charlestown Sarsfields announced today that their SFC Group 4 showdown with Breaffy at Claremorris on Saturday evening (5pm) will be streamed live over YouTube. I don’t have the link for that yet but on the assumption that I’ll be able to grab the embed code for the event I should be able to stick that stream up here on the blog as a live event.
If I hear of any other live streams for matches over the weekend I’ll post details here as well. Similarly, if anyone else else has information about coverage of matches this weekend please feel free to post this information in the comments. Whatever about the national response to Covid, where it comes to getting to matches right now we really are in it together.