It’s already time to start thinking about the Championship matches involving the county that are on this coming weekend. There are three of them, all of the knockout variety, and there’s also some silverware up for grabs.
All three games are available to watch this weekend and Midwest Radio will be providing commentary on them too. Let’s look at the three games in the order in which they’re scheduled to take place.
First up it’s the hurlers. They’re up against Leitrim in the semi-finals of the Nicky Rackard Cup, with this game taking place at MacHale Park on Saturday, where throw-in is 1.30pm. Mayo GAA TV are streaming the game live.
A bit later that afternoon the county’s ladies football team take on Armagh. While this is a group fixture, it’s effectively a knockout game, as the winners will top the group and so go forward to the All-Ireland semi-final stage. This game takes place at Parnell Park, which is but a short hop up the road from me here in the capital, where throw-in is 3.15pm. TG4 are showing the game live.
Then on Sunday it’s the big one, with the Connacht final down for decision at Pearse Stadium in Salthill where ourselves and Galway will be battling it out for possession of the JJ Nestor Cup. The Connacht decider throws in at 1.30pm and Seán Hurson of Tyrone is the ref for it. It’s one of the live games on The Sunday Game Live show on RTÉ2.
Finally, if you haven’t yet caught it, our Roscommon review episode of the Mayo News football podcast is well worth a listen. Rob Murphy and Edwin McGreal talk you through the match as the action unfolds, Andy Moran and Martin Carney compete with each other in the enthusiasm stakes post-match while Billy Joe Padden provides expert analysis. Lookit, James Horan provides his pst-game reaction to the result as well. You can listen to the podcast here.