It’s nice to have match reports like these with which to break up the monotony of a Monday morning. Keith Duggan (who else?) is his usual excellent self in the Times, where he ends his report by observing that if Galway knew there was “any stray boot waiting to trip them out [surely that should be “up” not “out” – WJ], it was likely to have a Made in Mayo stamp on it”. Cliona Foley’s account of the game in the Indo has a quote from Johnno, where he says we’d stayed calm in the first half. Calm? We were positively laid-back, from what I could gather. Liam Horan does the honours in the Examiner. And, of course, if you haven’t already done so, make sure to check out what There is a light that never goes out has to say about proceedings yesterday. If that’s not enough for you, those insightful lads on gaaboard.com are still busily kicking over the traces.
Right, onto the penultimate week’s results for the mini-league and, to celebrate the fact that the competition is nearing its climax, I’ve decided to splash a bit of colour round the table this week (if it’s too lurid for you, please note I am colour-blind and so can’t be held in any way responsible). The big news this week is that we have a new leader – SixPointsUp – who has been loitering with intent in the top five right from the word go but has now made his move, displacing Dearg Doom at the top. It’s still very tight amongst that leading cohort and I’d say that anyone out of the top seven or eight could find themselves at the top of the pile next week when the music stops. Here’s the full table:
My downward slide continued this week and I’m now almost back to where I started at Week 1. It serves me right, though, as I went for Galway yesterday. Moreover, my inside knowledge about the Dubs’ well-being (what with the Vinnie’s connection and the fact that Pat G and myself send our kids to the same school etc. etc.) was reflected in my getting their result wrong for the sixth week on the trot.
Happiest man this week, though, has to be my old china TJ, who, with a stunning 138 points this week (including getting the Tuam result right), has finally managed to wriggle free of bottom spot. He’s now up to 27th and, with only seven spaces between us, I might yet find myself coming off second-best in this one too.