I’ve been away from the laptop for a few days but will be chained to it for work purposes for most of the coming week so in this brief interlude it’s worth catching up on some #mayogaa news.
The notable thing to come from all of the coverage following last weekend’s matches was, I thought, how little we got mentioned in dispatches. Donegal, understandably, got the lion’s share of the coverage and there was, equally understandably, a fair bit of fin de siècle stuff about the Kerrymen as well. Despite this, Cork and Dublin were widely touted as the two counties most likely to contest the final while we were left with just tea and sympathy about our crocked captain. From the looks of it, we’re still well under the radar at this point and I guess that’s no bad place to be in a four-sided contest.
The weekend before the seniors take the field against the Dubs, the juniors will contest their own All-Ireland final and their opponents in the final will be none other than the above-mentioned Kerrymen. Their juniors – who, of course, have a million or so clubs down there from which to pick a team – got the better of Cavan in the semi-final played in Nenagh yesterday and the final will be held on the 24th of this month (i.e. the day before the minors appear in the All-Ireland semi-final at Croke Park). I’ve no idea where this decider will be played – I guess that Cusack Park in Ennis would be short odds for it – but will post details here once this is known.
The ladies are also preparing for action in the All-Ireland series following the demolition job they did on Tyrone at Birr in the football qualifiers yesterday. Cora Staunton bagged an eye-popping 3-11 in that one (3-5 of it from play) as the ladies trounced the red Hand by 3-12 to 1-4 to set up an All-Ireland quarter-final with Monaghan. That’s a tough draw for them as the Farney ladies are the current NFL Division 1 champions whereas our women won Division 2 honours earlier this year. Once again I’ve no idea when these matches are on but will provide this info here once it becomes available.
Finally, there was a full weekend of club action within the county over the last few days, with quarter-final clashes in both the senior and intermediate championships. In the senior championship, defending champions Ballintubber beat Castlebar Mitchels today by 0-11 to 0-8 while earlier on Crossmolina were decisive winners over Westport on a 1-12 to 0-4 scoreline. In yesterday’s two matches, Ballaghaderreen trounced Garrymore by 2-18 to 1-9 while Knockmore won a dour contest with Claremorris by 1-7 to 0-6. In the intermediate championship, meanwhile, there were quarter-final wins over the weekend for Charlestown, Kilmaine, Burrishoole and Parke.
In the senior semi-finals, Ballintubber are set to defend their title against Crossmolina while Knockmore will play Ballaghaderreen. In the intermediate championship, the penultimate round ties are between Charlestown and Kilmaine and Burrishoole and Parke. All those matches have been provisionally set for the weekend of 8th September but I guess whether or not they go ahead that weekend will depend on how we got on against the Dubs the weekend before that.