Photo: Sportsfile/Piaras O Midheach
We’re back in the final, people – that was the first thought that hit my cranium when I came to this morning and it’s one that’s still there now. Four weeks of build-up, then the biggest hurdle of all for the lads to clear in the decider, with immortality the prize on offer.
And Sam, of course. As most of you know, I’ve no time for all this #MayoForSam claptrap that seems to get going every year in January when it’s the bloody FBD League trophy that we’re playing for, not the League one, not the Nestor and certainly not Sam. But the next time the lads take the field, Sam will be glittering away up on its plinth and possession of it for the next twelve months will be the prize on offer. In light of this, I’m now more than happy to row in behind the #MayoForSam campaign as it ramps up over the coming weeks.
Usually on days after games, I do a round-up of the match reports but, still ensconced over here on my hols this is a job I’m not up to doing today. Not with the sun shining the way it is. (And it is). I’ll still have to hunt down all those match reports for the results archive but that’s a job that can wait ’till I get home.
Another item on the to-do list then will be to sit down and watch the match properly. The Sky feed froze a good few times on the iPad over here yesterday – where, oddly, the @MayoGAA Twitter updates came in a minute or two ahead of the video – so all in all it was a very different viewing experience.
I really do need to see it all properly before coming to any conclusions about our performance but, ahead of doing so, I’m strongly of the opinion that on this occasion the quality of our play mattered far, far less than the result. Sure, I’d have liked us to win more convincingly yesterday but the bottom line was that we had to win yesterday and win we did. We’ll undoubtedly need to open the taps to the full in the final but, sure, we still have to wait and see who earns the right to meet us in the decider.
So, it’s just under four weeks to the final and, as others have said already, the hunt for tickets starts now. In this respect, I’d like to draw your attention to the Players Welfare Lotto, the draw for which is on tonight. As well as a jackpot prize of €10,000 there are two All-Ireland final tickets to be won and the funds raised go towards the training of the team for the final. You can play the Lotto here.
Our team. In the final. Aiming for Sam. #MayoForSam!