There are three matches of interest tomorrow, all of great importance in different ways.
Let’s start with the one in which there’s an All-Ireland title on offer. This is the LGFA U14 Platinum All-Ireland final, in which Mayo are up against Cork. The game throws in at Nenagh tomorrow afternoon at 3.30pm.
The last time the county won this title was back in 1994. Managed this year by former All-Ireland winner with Mayo, Sinéad Stagg, the U14s are on the march once more and now stand just one step away from national glory. In the lead-up to the final, Oisín McGovern of the Mayo News spoke with Sinéad during the week – that’s here.
A bit later tomorrow at Páirc Seán MacDiarmada in Carrick-on-Shannon, the Mayo Minors are back in action. This time it’s an All-Ireland quarter-final tie in which their opponents are Monaghan, who are the beaten Ulster finalists but who only lost that provincial decider on penalties. Throw-in for this game is 5.15pm.
I’ll be at the match tomorrow and we’ll have a Final Whistle podcast up on Patreon soon after it finishes, with a match report here on the blog to follow too. In addition, because TG4 are streaming the match on their YouTube channel, I’ll embed the livestream on the blog so it’ll be available to view directly from here.
Finally, at 3pm tomorrow, the Together For Ger exhibition match takes place at the Claremorris GAA club pitch. This game is between a Mayo selection and a team from Claremorris, with close to ninety players coming out of retirement to show their support for Ger and his family.
Three former Mayo managers – James Horan, John Maughan and Noel Connelly – will be involved on the day and those togging include Andy Moran, Keith Higgins, Alan Dillon, Ger Brady, Conor, Trevor and Kenny Mortimer, Mickey Conroy, Kevin O’Neill and many, many more.
Mike Finnerty has a piece on the game in the Mayo News, in which he lists all of the players expected to line out for the two teams. That’s here.
If you want to make a donation to the Together For Ger fundraising campaign, you can do so here.
Here’s hoping the Together For Ger match is a huge success tomorrow and the best of luck to all taking part. The best of luck too to the county’s two underage teams in Championship action tomorrow. Up Mayo.
UPDATE: The Mayo camogie team are also in Championship action this weekend. They’re taking on Offaly in the Premier Junior Championship on Saturday afternoon at St Brendan’s Park, Birr, where throw-in is 4pm. Team details here. Best of luck to them.