The Kerry team has already been named (well, a Kerry team has been named) and ours isn’t set to appear until some time tomorrow. So there’s nothing for it but to plough through the mounting quantities of media coverage as Sunday approaches.
Ian O’Riordan in the Irish Times reckons that James Horan’s intention is to name an unchanged team but that he’s giving Trevor Mortimer every chance to prove his fitness, hence the delay in releasing details of the starting fifteen. The possibility that we will field the same team as for the Cork game has also been mooted by the lads on gaaboard.com and it chimes with what I’ve been hearing too. We just have to wait ’till tomorrow to know for sure, I guess.
In the Indo, Kieran McCarthy has an interview with former Armagh player Enda McNulty who talks at length about how Mayo need to prepare mentally for Sunday’s challenge. I think he right and, just to be sure, I’m busily preparing mentally about how best to go utterly mental as soon as the final whistle blows.
In the same paper, Martin Breheny has a piece about their great forward line and our great backline and how something’s gotta give on Sunday.
Terry Reilly in the Examiner has an article about the dreaded ‘h’ word where a certain politician drags himself away from his busy schedule to regale the world about hypes past.
Then there’s Liam McHale over on Hogan Stand saying that we should start Ronan McGarrity while Ewan McKenna in his blog on the Eircom SportsHub reckons that it’s Mayo fans who are to the forefront in deriding the county’s achievements. Both are well wide of the mark in their opinions, I reckon.
Raising the tone several notches, An Spailpín has a lovely, thoughtful piece about Sunday’s match and what it might hold for us.
Then, just in case you were getting too comfortable, here’s some yerra-ing from the Kerryman about how they’re viewing the contest down there.
That’s the lot for now but I guess, like autumn leaves, there’ll be another bagful of the stuff to sweep up tomorrow. I’m not sure that my early warning about Sunday’s weather will prove to be correct (current forecasts would suggest that the day could be okay) but we got our timing spot-on for the Reek yesterday, as the photo opposite confirms (double-click on it for a higher res version). The sense of achievement in reaching the summit once again (this time in the company of my eldest girl who, at the age of ten, galloped up it) more than compensated for any feelings of physical weariness. Hopefully the lads will have the same complaint come Sunday evening.