The weekend’s club championship action

As most of you already know, coverage of club action within the county tends to be a bit on the sparse side here on the site and so I’ve little to say about the weekend’s matches. I can stretch to a short summary of the main activity that took place but I’m afraid that’s all it’ll be.

The main news to report is that Ballintubber have made it to their third senior championship final in a row but, by the sounds of it, they were fortunate enough to get by Crossmolina in yesterday’s first semi-final at McHale Park. Cross led by two at the break and pushed on to go four up soon after the restart but an Alan Dillon point and goal from substitute John Duffy brought Ballintubber level, with late points from Danny Geraghty and Alan Dillon (a free) sealing the win for the treble-chasing champs on a scoreline of 1-7 to 0-8.

The Tubbermen will face Ballaghaderreen in the October 21st decider. Ballagh overcame the challenge of Knockmore in the day’s second semi-final and in this one it was an early goal – scored by Joe Dillon – that was the game’s defining score. A steady flow of points from the boot of Aidan Kilcoyne – he ended up with eight of his side’s total of ten – kept Knockmore in the hunt for much of the hour but Ballagh did enough to make it over the line on a 1-10 to 0-10 scoreline.

Earlier yesterday, Breaffy beat Ballina by 1-8 to 0-6 in the senior championship relegation play-off. The Stephenites will now have to beat the losers of the Kiltane/Aghamore play-off if they’re to retain their senior status next year.

In the Intermediate championship, meanwhile, Charlestown beat Kilmaine in Saturday’s replayed semi-final a scoreline of 2-15 to 1-6. They’ll now face Burrishoole in the decider. In yesterday’s Intermediate relegation play-offs Kiltimagh beat Cill Chomáin by 1-14 to 1-6 while Mayo Gaels edged out Killala by 0-10 to 0-9.

In the Junior championship semi-finals, the Neale got the better of Castlebar Mitchels B by 1-10 to 1-6 while Ardnaree Sarsfields beat Ballintubber B by 0-11 to 0-6.

The county senior hurling final also took place yesterday where Ballyhaunis beat fierce local rivals Tooreen to secure their fifth county title in a row. The match, which was played at Tooreen, was obviously a bit of a thriller, with the defending champions scraping home by 1-14 to 0-16. The photo (courtesy of Mayo GAA Facebook page) shows Ballyhaunis captain Keith Higgins accepting the TJ Tyrell Cup from Hurling Board Chairman John Hopkins.

A round-up of the weekend’s main club action by Colm Gannon in the Mayo Advertiser is available here.

10 thoughts on “The weekend’s club championship action

  1. Hard luck on Knockmore, thought it might be their year. That said, I believe Aidan Kilcoyne had another great game for Knockmore and definitely should be back on the Mayo panel !!

  2. Kilcoyne flys over from England for club games that situation won’t work at inter county level.

  3. It relates to James Horan, catcol – the Irish Examiner’s story is here. The story appears to have been given a bit of sensational spin but when you boil it down it appears to be little more than a bit of sabre-rattling about logistical arrangements on things like hotels and such. The soundings I’ve done on it would suggest it’s much ado about nothing.

    I’m travelling for much of the day today and I’m away from base on a work thing until the weekend so I don’t think I’ll have too much time to follow the story as it develops but, by the sounds of it, it’s not going to rumble on for too awful long. Hopefully it’ll all be resolved amicably ASAP.

  4. From the production team that gave you the scenic trip to London via Galway, Waterford, Luton and was it Paris?…..a little over 16 months ago. I thought they appointed a logistics officer after that debacle. By the way if I recall correctly….Horan defended that trip at the time.

    Now we see the team stayed in five different Dublin hotels since the start of the summer. For as long as I recall the Kerry team stay in the hotel on the edge of Dunboyne, they were regular visitors to mass here on their way to Croker over the years. Perhaps Mayo might send over some chappie to check out the spot.

    This story is a ball of air but raises more questions than it answers. Bottom line is this; all will kiss and make up and promise it will never happen again. Meanwhile it gives a glimpse of the glitches we seem unable to eradicate. Donegal had bigger flags, brighter colours, better able to source tickets than us….no I am not suggesting that. Last weeks Western carried that story.

    What will they tell us next week from the inner sanctums, that Mayo will after all go to New York after all….ah…how quickly we forget. Frankly I find it tedious that stuff like this gets an airing bearing in mind that as a county we are not exactly novices at trips to Dublin or preparing for big matches.

    Reading the Western and the Examiner I am at a loss as to what exactly is the real problem. Yet its presented as a scoop by the former and was trailed across Twitter last night by the latter. Meeting Mick Mulderrrig lately (Mayo man who at 19 won his first senior All Ireland in 1950,) I was shocked as to what they had to overcome and put up with in trying to lift the big fella. Seems as if 60 years later we are still learning.

    The words of the great Eamon Mongey obviously have a resonance to this day. “What we won was despite not because of the county board and everything I have seen since has caused me not to change my mind” Those words were spoken at a function in 1983. This weeks Western and Examiner suggests we have still a bit to learn.

  5. You are on the case early Willie Joe. 5:35am is impressive! Newstalk are giving it plenty – sympathetic in the sense of this guy needs to be accommodated or all hell could break loose. RTE are ignoring it.

  6. Early morning flight, catcol, not a time I’d normally choose to be up! I’m not sure who “this guy” you mention is but if he is who I think he is then this would explain everything in relation to this non-story.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.