The weekend’s action + championship mini-league

Looks like we’ve got the place to ourselves today, chaps, what with the bulk of the womenfolk on the planet glued to the box following the action from London.  A bit like the All-Ireland in reverse, I suppose.

There’s some inter-county action on over this latest Bank Holiday weekend (you wait for ages and then two of them come along together), with the seniors playing Antrim in a challenge match on Sunday (throw-in 2.30 pm), the juniors in championship action tonight against Leitrim under the lights at Aghamore (throw-in 7.30 pm) and the hurlers facing a tough last-chance-saloon Christy Ring showdown with Kildare at McHale Park tomorrow (throw-in 2.30 pm).

Starting at the end, if you like, details of the team and subs for the hurling match are here.  I see that Keith Higgins is named among the subs for this one but I doubt that he’ll see much action, unless the plan is to place him at the end of the square and rain balls in on top of him in the hope that he can make the odd Lar Corbett-esque connection with a few of them. Or something.

I don’t ever remember a inter-county championship match taking place in Aghamore before now (although I do recall that the ladies played there not that awful long ago) but we won’t have that to say after this evening’s Connacht junior championship preliminary round tie against Leitrim is held at the pretty East Mayo venue. Details on the starting fifteen and subs for this evening’s clash – for the right to face the Rossies in the semi-final next weekend – are here.

The squad seems to be a blend of up-and-coming youngsters, some of whom have featured at minor in recent years, and the kind of more grizzled honchos one expects to encounter at junior level.  One name in particular leapt out at me from the teamsheet, though: Michael Conroy from Davitts at top-of-the-left.  There’s a world of a difference between Aghamore in April and Croke Park in September but it’s good to see Mick lining out on a county team again and maybe this could prove a stepping-stone to a return to the fold at senior level at some stage.

More on the junior set-up under new manager John Kelly can be found in this piece by Mike Finnerty in the ever-informative Mayo News.

I’ve no more news on the senior challenge match with Antrim and I don’t expect we’ll see a team sheet for that one ahead of throw-in.  I think PJ is going along to it, though, so I should have some news about it on the day.

Finally, just a quick update on the facetheball championship mini-league.  Although the action starts this weekend over in the Bronx – where I see that the Exiles’ captain Dan Doona is expressing confidence of going one better than they did against Galway last year – the first round for prediction purposes isn’t until the middle of next month so there’s plenty of time before then to get the mini-league set up, which I’ll do when I’ve a bit more time.  Right now, I’ve some bunting and shit to put up. T’ra!

8 thoughts on “The weekend’s action + championship mini-league

  1. Interesting Luigi and clearly some counties are more savvy at this kind of stuff than others…the cute hoars use this as a major part of their game, the ball throwers are also good at it.

  2. Some managers are very good at it too. I have strong memories of a certain northern manager roaring at the ref about giving a free for the 3rd time for a particular type of foul.

    As a coach, my natural reaction would be that the ref is going to keep giving these frees and to get the message on to the field to stop committing that foul. The manager in question was trying to intimidate the ref into letting that type of foul go.

    But then that particular manager brought his team to All Ireland success while my footballing achievements have been of a much more modest nature.

    So which is the right way?

  3. I don’t know I hate that sort of thing myself, but if it is needed to be successful in the modern game then maybe we have no choice. You would hate the game to descend to the level of soccer though e.g. Barca V’s Real’s last match.

    There is still honour in our football.

  4. I fully agree. But I actually think that the refs are somewhat to blame. The rules are there and are clear. If someone gives a ref grief from the sideline they can be banned. If they give lip on the pitch the ball can be moved up 10m metres or if it is serious abuse the player can be carded.

    If the refs started to take a hard line on this, they might even make their own lives easier.

  5. The obvious template here is rugby, where no crap from players is tolerated at all. The problem, though, with Gaelic football is the inability of refs (or the difficulty they have) in reffing matches properly. A good refereeing performance is the exception rather than the norm in my experience and the fact that the likes of Mary Duffy, Joe McQuillan etc. have risen to the top says it all in this respect.

  6. Hi Willie Joe, facetheball.com website is now updated for 2011 Championship. Thanks. Trevor

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