I mentioned the upcoming challenge match with Meath in a post last week and, in doing so, erroneously said that the match is taking place on Sunday week, the 18th. It isn’t – it’s on this Sunday, for the very good reason that the Royals open their Leinster Championship campaign on the 18th when they face the Scallion Ayters at Croker (where they share a double-bill with the Short Grass County and the Goat Suckers). In my defence, the error was really one made by the Mayo News, as I was only cogging what they wrote.
With Meath all fired up for their Championship opener (well, the few of them that aren’t under suspension at the moment) we can expect a robust challenge down in Dunderry on Sunday. Perhaps not as robust as this but a good work-out is in prospect nonetheless. I was hoping to take a trip down there myself but I think there’s already something else in the diary for Sunday so it looks as if I’ll have to give it a miss.
Incidentally, on the subject of the Royals and suspensions, Meath GAA blogger Ronan made a very good point recently about the inconsistency in how the Meath-Dublin brawl was handled compared to the equally violent outbreak that occurred the same day between Cork and Armagh. The difference between the two was that the cameras were on hand at Parnell Park to capture the donnybrook there and because the Dubs were involved, a salivating media pack was also in tow so the story got saturation coverage. In contrast, there was bugger all coverage of the battle up in Armagh and so the lads involved up there got off scot-free. As one who joined the post-fight lynch mob in relation to the events at Parnell Park, I have to hold my hands up on this one as well. You’re dead right, Ronan: searching for consistency in what the GAA does can be a thankless task at times.