The weekend’s matches

The weekend coming up may be the long one of our national holiday but it’s set to be a busy one for teams from the county, with a number of games on. Here’s the full list.

The first Mayo team to take the field this weekend are the young women footballers of Ballinrobe Community School. They take on St Mary’s of Macroom in the All Ireland Post Primary School Junior ‘C’ Championship final, which takes place at the University of Limerick North Campus on Friday where throw-in is 2pm. The link for tickets is here.

The hurlers are in action next. Unbeaten now in their first four games in Division 3A of the NHL, they take their 100% record with them to Kent Park in Ballydoogan on Saturday to take on Sligo. The match gets underway there at 1pm and the link for tickets is here.

The Yeats County are also unbeaten heading into this final round of matches, having won three and drawn one of their games to date, so whichever of them wins on Saturday will claim top spot in the table. With this is a place in the Division 3A final, while the teams finishing second and third advance to the divisional semi-final.

Both of the county’s football teams are in National League action, at different venues in the county, on Sunday. Listeners to the podcast recently will have heard both Michael Moyles and Fiona McHale express their frustration at the fact that no double-headers have been arranged so far this year, a failing also alluded to in the media today by Danielle Caldwell.

On Sunday the women are playing in Ballina at 1pm while the lads are on in Castlebar at 3.45pm. This is just nuts and it means that, once again, the LGFA game won’t attract the kind of support it deserves to have.

In both games, we’re up against table-toppers from Ulster.

The women play Armagh, who have won all five League games they’ve played this year and are already guaranteed their place in the Division One final. As noted above, this Round 6 match at James Stephens Park throws in at 1pm and the link for tickets is here. It’s also being streamed live by the LGFA (match pass costs €10) and the link for that is here.

Derry provide the opposition for the men at Hastings Insurance MacHale Park, in a match which, if both Monaghan (who play Tyrone on Saturday) and Roscommon (who face Kerry earlier on Sunday) fail to win, will have little consequence for us. Seán Lonergan of Tipperary is the ref, TG4 are showing it live and Midwest will be providing live radio commentary, with the game getting underway at 3.45pm.

The ticket link is here and tickets are also available from selected Centra and SuperValu outlets.

The best of luck to all of the teams from Mayo who are playing this weekend.

16 thoughts on “The weekend’s matches

  1. Galway, Mayo and Ross are underdogs at home this weekend.
    It’s a while since I seen that happen.

  2. With the amount of rain that is falling there is no way that Mayo ladies and men’s teams could play in a double header.

  3. I expect key players to be minded, so I think we will see a few changes to the starting line up and constant change throughout the game. Cillian, Carr, Loftus, Plunkett Mattie, Eoin O’D, Reid, I’d like to see starting if fit. When a draw suits both then it can often be the result. Weather not to adverse on Sunday so this could be a decent game..

  4. There’s a lot of Players in the panel that need a full 90 minutes, we’ll need proper sub options come championship. Here’s hoping Plunkett, Towey, Cillian, McHale are four of about six or seven changes. Result not important to me.

  5. This game is a chance for Mayo to see where they are at before the Championship. Derry have a good blanket defence a very strong physical midfield and some very good scoring forwards. No point in putting out a second string team against them and getting a bad beating and wont know how our best team would fear against them. Play best team against them and win a good confidence booster for later in year, play best team and get beat by a few points and you then know what has to be done before later in Championship meeting.

  6. Difficult to know how to approach this game. We do not know if Derry will go full throttle or rest half their starters like they did against Dublin.

  7. Play to win and if we make a final days before championship show the GAA what we think of their ridiculous scheduling by playing a shadow team in the final. The Derry game should be seen as an important part of Mayo’s championship build up. If we don’t take this one seriously it will be followed by a dead rubber vs Monaghan and a less than serious game against New York before taking on Roscommon in the Hyde. Roscommon on the other hand will be coming off two really stern battles and should be at championship pitch. Go all out against Derry and hopefully miss the final while getting a proper workout against one of the favourites for Sam.

  8. I’d expect between 5 – 7 changes from last round, depending on if some the injured are returned or not.

    Carr and O’Hora will likely get minutes. McHale deserves a start, as does Plunkett. McDonnell I think has been named on bench every round and not seen grass so he should be given a trot to see if has what’s needed.

  9. Eoin O’Donoghue who is back, Conor Loftus, Two others you’d expect get time.
    Conor Hunt and Frank Irwin also possible minutes off bench.

  10. @culmore , Fair point but I’d rather see what subs options we have before championship than get to League final.
    Gaa have made a balls of the League, it has now lost its appeal .
    Go premier League and whoever has most points at the end of all the matches wins .
    Very strange but I couldn’t give two dams if we lose v Derry, once we know more about our panel at the end of the league

  11. Does anyone know who decides the fixtures? By that i mean the actual people as opposed to being hidden behind a gaa setup. I would love to see some of the them coming out and explaining the reasons for the congestion between the end of the league and the beginning of the championship and by that I mean a microphone and not hiding behind a press release. Could you imagine this happening in the business world i reckon they wouldn’t last long by making a mockery of what could be a golden goose.

  12. @No doubt: We could even do chat like that a little closer to home.

    A vote was taken on keeping/removing the league final (i.e. changing to a top of Round 7 wins Vs the current structure with the ‘optional’ extra game for the final) and our Mayo delegate voted to keep the final.

    I’d love to know why, what guidance they’d received from the County Board to inform that vote, how the County Board had gathered views from clubs (I don’t remember hearing of it being discussed at a meeting) and how the clubs had gathered feedback from players/management/members to inform those decisions.

    I can’t remember the last time I’ve heard a Mayo manager, current player (think I remember Boyler saying something positive relatively recently after he’d retired… But have to imagine that was through the eyes of the old calendar rather than the current 5 games in 5 weeks style punishment for making it) or fan speaking positively about it. Yet we’re here having actively voted to keep it (I can only assume for financial reasons).

  13. @tsudhonim.that’s a good point regarding our own county voting for it. A bit like the turkeys voting for Christmas. Seriously though I love to see it being called out by the pundits or someone with a voice. It’s crazy and will be until/if it’s changed

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