Okay, we survived the Junior Cert and its aftermath last night and now another day has dawned, one more closer to Sunday’s decider. I have to dash out the door soon to see an hombre about a proverbial perro so this gallop through the coverage that’s out there today has to be that bit faster than usual.
Let’s start this time with the Irish Examiner. John Fogarty looks at the tactical tricks that Stephen Rochford and his colleagues (he name-checks Tony McEntee in this respect, but not Donie Buckley – he’s a man who hasn’t gone away, you know, and will I’d reckon be central to any strategic wizardry we come up with) could deploy on Sunday. It’s an interesting list, one that he divides between gambits that might work and those that might not.
The same writer has a separate piece today (here) on the coup and poses the question about whether or not a win for us would constitute the strongest argument yet for player power. It might, it might not is, I think, the answer. Context is everything, as are results, with the whole narrative about this group of players – including the heave – dependent on what happens out on the field on Sunday.
Mike Finnerty has an interesting piece in the Examiner as well today (here) focusing on the fans from outside that county, around the world in fact, who have been converted to the cause. This echoes the discussion in yesterday’s Mayo News podcast with Pat Lam and the Sky Sports lads and it’s further proof that the Mayo story is one that so many are attracted to. Me Akamore man too and all that.
Former Dublin player Johnny Magee, speaking to Paul Keane in the Examiner, says we should basically come into Sunday’s contest with the fists flying. Hmmm, not exactly a well grounded piece of deep analytical thinking there but sure everyone entitled to their opinion.
Last one from the Examiner, Conor Mortimer talks about his pal and clubmate Stephen Cluxton. Crossing over to the Irish Independent, there’s a similar piece with Mort by Michael Verney (here).
Also in the Indo, Bomber Liston lays out quite a plausible argument as to why we have the capability to win on Sunday, finishing with the following peroration:
Their motivation levels will be through the roof after all the off-field controversy. They have every bit of ammunition needed to spur them on and the script is already written for them. They just need the biggest 70 minutes of their lives to turn it into reality.
Good man, Bomber.
In the Irish Times, meanwhile, there’s a stats piece on Aidan O’Shea and how best we should use him. That one is here.
There’s more, there’s lots more, I know, but it’s all becoming a bit of a blur at this stage. Also remember what I said about that man and that dog? I’m outta here, back with another guest post (maybe two) later on.
The last Mayo GAA Players Welfare Lotto draw before Sunday’s final will be held this coming Friday, where six more tickets for the decider will be up for grabs. Play the Lotto here.