Another weekend is fast approaching – a Bank Holiday one too – and, with it, more Championship action involving teams from the county. There’s football on this coming weekend but not involving the men this time and there’s plenty of small ball action too.
Let’s start with what’s surely the most significant tie of the weekend, the one where national silverware is on offer. This is the final of the Nicky Rackard Cup, hurling’s fourth tier competition which Mayo last won in 2016 and in which they were narrowly beaten in last year’s final.
On Saturday at Croke Park they face off against Tyrone in this year’s decider. The game is the curtain-raiser at GAA HQ for this year’s Ulster final and it throws in at 1.30pm. It’ll be streamed live by TG4 on their YouTube channel, with live match commentary on Midwest Radio too.
That’s not the only matter to be resolved between ourselves and Tyrone on Saturday. This is because at 5pm that evening at Adrian Freeman Park in Tooreen the county’s camogie team take on the O’Neill County in Round 2 of the Nancy Murray Cup. Jimmy Lyons’ charges made a blistering start in this competition last weekend and they’ll be seeking to build on this by recording their second win on the spin.
Like their Senior counterparts, Mayo’s Minor camogie team enjoyed a very positive start to their Championship campaign last weekend – beating, ironically, Tyrone – and they’re on the road for Round 2 this Sunday. Their opponents then are Cavan and that game is set for St Matthew’s Park, Crosskeys in Cavan where throw-in has been fixed for 2pm.
Then on Bank Holiday Monday the focus switches to MacHale Park where the women footballers take on their Galway counterparts in the LGFA SFC quarter-final, with the throw-in at the Castlebar venue set for 2pm. Like last Sunday at Croke Park this is knockout Championship football, with both sides vying for a spot in the All-Ireland semi-final, so everything is on the line for both teams.
The match will be broadcast live on TG4 and there’ll also be live match commentary on Midwest Radio. Tickets are on sale for it too – further details here.
The best of luck to all the Mayo teams in Championship action this weekend.