Photo: Irish Examiner/Jim Coughlan
Less than 48 hours to go now from throw-in at the Gaelic Grounds and our Round 4A qualifier match still isn’t garnering any column inches. Cork is in the news alright but the focus is on the shiny, new and gorgeous-looking Páirc Uí Chaoimh, where close on 11,000 punters turned up last evening for the first match to be played at the re-built stadium.
Cork’s footballers, meanwhile, are being ignored by the media as thoroughly as they’ve been abandoned by their supporters. And sure we’re well past our prime so why would anyone bother talking about us?
That’s all grand – under the radar, in the long grass or whatever other cliché you prefer will do us fine. The qualifier route is, to a large degree, a penitential road and it’s only when you claw your way back to Croke Park and then shake your booty with intent once you get there that the world deigns to notice your existence once more.
Eoin Liston, to be fair, has clocked ourselves and the Rebels and, in case you haven’t seen his piece in the Irish Independent yet, it’s here. I’d have no major quibbles with Bomber’s analysis: Cork have plenty of talent, for sure, and it’s obvious that what’s largely holding them back is a lack of application.
If Cork do turn up with their A game – something they’ve failed to do for quite a while now – then we’ll need to make damn sure we do likewise. Hence, I guess, Stephen Rochford’s cautioning the other day about a backlash from the Rebels on Saturday and our need to be ready for this.
There’s no team news to report on yet and I guess it’ll be tomorrow night before anything happens on that front. Before then, by the way, there’ll be a bonus episode of the Mayo News football podcast going online so keep an eye out here for that.
While I have your attention, there are two initiatives from Mayo GAA that I want to draw to your attention.
First, it was announced yesterday that all money raised from this week’s Mayo GAA Lotto will be donated to the David Gavin Benevolent fund. All the Mayo squad and management are giving their backing to this very worthy initiative and the more people that play the Lotto this week, the better.
The jackpot now stands at €14,900 and there’s also a prize of €250 of Mayo GAA gear to be won. If you want to play this week’s Lotto – go on, you do – the link is here.
Second, there’s a Mayo GAA competition on Instagram for a Mayo jersey signed by all the squad, as well as a €100 voucher for Elvery’s. All you need to do to enter is follow the official Mayo GAA Instagram account gaamayo_official and tag a friend using #wherepassionsunite. The winner will be announced before the game on Saturday. Full competition details here.