This report by Mike Finnerty in the Mayo News states that there could be a few surprises in the team to face Ruislip in the first round of the Connacht championship this coming Sunday (throw-in 3 pm). In the same report, it’s also stated that the starting fifteen will be named after training later on tonight.
I’m away from base once again and, depending on what’s going on with the ash clouds, I should be back home tomorrow evening. If the team is named tonight (i.e. at some point before midnight), I should be able to post details here straight away but if it appears in the early hours of the morning (which has happened before) it’ll be tomorrow night before I’ll be in a position to do so as I’ve a rather early departure from here in the morning.
Anyway, back to the team for Sunday, where Mike in that report mentioned above reckons that the likes of Donal Vaughan, Trevor Howley, Trevor Mortimer and Dermot Geraghty could all be pushing for a starting place. Ronan McGarrity, Keith Higgins and Seamus O’Shea are all definitely out with Enda Varley and Ger Cafferkey both doubtful. Hogan Stand is now, I see, saying that Ger is a definite non-starter but they also reckon that Enda will be good to go.
Back to the Mayo News where Sean Rice sets down some thoughts about how we might line out on Sunday, Mike Finnerty chews the fat with Aidan O’Shea and Daniel Carey provides what is in effect a nice riposte to my own piece the other day in the form of an interview with John Prenty about the value of including London (and New York) in the championship.
One thing I didn’t mention in that piece was the pain in the hole that can arise from playing matches overseas when that bloody volcano in Iceland boils over: whatever about my own chances of making it back home on schedule tomorrow evening, I have visions of the lads having to take the boat to get to London in time for throw-in. Maybe they should take a leaf out of Barcelona’s book and get over there pronto.