Okay, it’s Wednesday and we’ve already named our team our team to face Donegal on Saturday evening. I’ve also sourced the local joint where I’ll be watching the action from Croke Park live on TV so things are beginning to fall into place for the evening.
One of the things that you’ll need to get sorted if you haven’t done so already is your tickets. The County Board issued a statement yesterday on ticketing arrangements, both for season ticket holders and for everyone else – this is here.
It sounds like I’ll be missing the sight of a large Mayo following turning up at HQ on Saturday. This piece in the Mayo News quotes County Board Chairman Mike Connelly who estimates that we’ll have somewhere between 10,000 and 15,000 supporters there on the day. I’d say the number could be closer, or even above, the latter rather than the former, though having said that the Saturday evening start isn’t likely to suit everyone so maybe that range estimated by Mike is correct.
That piece also confirms that the ‘Dare to be Different’ away jersey is set to make its first appearance at Croke Park this weekend. It won’t be worn by the seniors – despite the clash with them on the green front, the strips are distinctive enough that even I can tell ourselves and Donegal apart – but will be sported by the Juniors for their All-Ireland final against Kerry, a match that throws in at Croker at 2pm.
Does this mean that the same jersey will be worn in the senior All-Ireland if we get there and end up playing the same opposition? I know, that’s being more than a bit previous so best ignore that line of thinking for now.
You’ve probably gorged yourselves on all of the local coverage by now but, if you haven’t, this analysis piece by Seán Rice in the Mayo News is worth a look. This one provides a nice riposte to all that fretting that’s been going on over the last few days about the trouble our poor team of scrawny midgets is likely to have in trying to handle Murphy and all those other supermen from the hills.
The same piece also adds an addendum to a story close to my own heart, that of the destination of the 1910 Connacht final, which I’m delighted to see adds further evidence to the argument that this was one we won. I’ll also have to update the results archive with the team listed in the piece, as this was the one that lined out in that provincial decider against Galway.
Billy Joe Padden, writing in the same paper, provides support to those who’ve been pointing to the great that Murphy poses for our backline. He says we can expect an aerial bombardment on Saturday and he outlines what we need to do to counter this.
Onto this morning’s dailies, where once again there’s not a whole pile to report. Noel Connelly’s plea for Aidan O’Shea to be given more protection from the ref, which first appeared last week in last week’s Mayo Advertiser, is carried in the Irish Independent (here).
The Irish Examiner has a piece with Donegal’s Ryan McHugh who talks us up and says how they’ll have to perform like demons for the whole seventy minutes to live with us. Whatever.
The Irish Times, meanwhile, has a piece with Cillian O’Connor, where most of the discussion is about Aidan O’Shea.
The same paper also has the weekly column from Aidan’s namesake, Kerry’s Darragh Ó Sé who can’t resist blowing about how great Kerry and Dublin and Kerry and Kerry were at the weekend and how they’re now light years ahead of everyone else. As I said earlier in the week, neither county is of concern to us at the minute but for all those of us who might end up locking horns with either or both of these titans before the year is out, this type of slobbering nonsense is surely no harm to read at all.