It’s time to narrow the focus on upcoming fixtures to those taking place this coming weekend. That means club games, important ones too, in men’s and women’s football and in hurling.
Let’s start with the county finals, where silverware is up for grabs at Senior, Intermediate, Junior and Junior B levels over the Bank Holiday weekend. Aside from the Junior B one, these county finals will all be played at Hastings Insurance MacHale Park where, with the clocks having gone back on Saturday night, the generator’s hum will provide an audible backdrop under the lights for the Senior final in the late afternoon cum evening on Sunday.
The first trophy that’s up for grabs at the weekend is the Sweeney Cup. Ballinrobe and Kilmeena will compete for possession of it and, with it, the Intermediate Championship title and promotion to Senior level for 2024. This game throws in at MacHale Park at 4pm on Saturday.
On Sunday the first first final to be played will be the Junior B one between Ballycastle and Achill. This title decider throws in at Parke at midday.
Back at Castlebar, meanwhile, 2.30pm is the throw-in time for the day’s curtain-raiser. This is the Junior final between Shrule/Glencorrib and Lahardane MacHales, with the Pete McDonnell Cup on offer for the winners, along with promotion to Intermediate level for next year.
At 4.15pm that afternoon the main event gets underway at MacHale Park. That’s the throw-in time for the Senior final, the Moclair Cup decider between Ballina Stephenites and Breaffy.
Tickets for all these matches must be purchased in advance and the link for that is here. All four of these matches are being streamed live by Mayo GAA TV (details here) and Midwest will have radio commentary on the Junior, Intermediate and Senior finals. We’ll also have Final Whistle pods up on Patreon after each of these three finals, providing in the moment analysis and reaction to the outcome of these title deciders.
Sticking with football, this coming weekend sees matches involving Mayo teams in the LGFA Connacht Championships. The county champions at Senior, Intermediate and Junior A levels are all in action at the weekend.
Senior champions Knockmore are up against Sligo’s St Nathy’s in the LGFA Connacht SFC semi-final. This game takes place at Bunnanadden on Bank Holiday Monday where throw-in is 1pm.
In the Intermediate Championship, Crossmolina is the venue for MacHale Rovers’ LGFA Connacht IFC semi-final against Ballinamore of Leitrim. This match takes place on Sunday and it’s a midday throw-in at St Tiernan’s Park.
Claremorris are in action on Saturday in the LGFA Connacht JFC semi-final. Their opponents are CT Gaels of Sligo and the match throws in at Tubbercurry on Saturday at 1pm.
Finally, the hurling action this weekend takes place on Bank Holiday Monday. Athleague is the venue for Tooreen’s Connacht Intermediate Hurling Championship quarter-final against Four Roads of Roscommon. This game gets underway at 2pm on Monday.
The best of luck to all the teams from the county who are in action this weekend.