One change for Tyrone

Tyrone have announced their team for Saturday’s All-Ireland minor football replay.  There’s just one change from the team that started in the drawn match, with Ronan Tierney coming into the full-back line in place of injured captain Ryan Pickering who suffered a broken collar bone in Croke Park.  Here’s the team in full: Tyrone v […]

Electronic tickets ARE available for Saturday

Forget that last rant about An Post: they might well be a lumbering, inefficient semi-State agency but now – like one of our fleet-footed minors – you can do a little shimmy and leave them where any big, slow and awkward opponent deserves to be left, i.e. sitting on their hole, by eschewing snail mail […]

Today is sort-out-the-tickets day

It’s already Wednesday, the match takes place on Saturday and, for many of those planning to go to Pearse Park, that lumbering semi-State hulk called An Post stands in the way like a great, big, moth-eaten colossus.  The logistics of getting all the right tickets into all the right hands within six days was always […]

Replay will be shown live on RTE

Saturday’s All-Ireland minor football replay will be broadcast live on RTE (presumably on RTE 2), though I’m not sure if they’re giving it the full Podge and Rodge Sunday Saturday Game Live treatment. Coverage gets underway at 2.15pm ahead of the 2.30pm throw-in at Pearse Park. It’s good that it’s on the telly but those […]

It’s all-ticket at Longford next Saturday

Them that know in the GAA are obviously expecting a big crowd at Pearse Park in Longford next Saturday for the All-Ireland minor football replay as they’ve just announced that the match will be an all-ticket affair (full details here).  They’re probably right because Tyrone are sure to bring a big, happy mob down for […]

The rest of yesterday’s action

My head is still fizzing and crackling after yesterday’s extraordinary events at Croke Park.  While always a truly great event – All-Ireland final day has got to be up there with any other sporting occasion in the world in terms of atmosphere, colour and sheer, unadulterated excitement – the stuff on the pitch can often […]

Gutsy minors have to settle for a draw

Well done to the lads today who came within seconds of landing the All-Ireland minor football title but who in the end had to settle for an 0-14 each draw.  We’ll win the replay, don’t worry, because (a) we’re far the better team, (b) we won’t be outnumbered in terms of support and (c) sure […]

Come on the Green and Red!

Just time for a few quick lines before the off today.  Once more – for the fourth time in five years, to be precise – a Mayo team will be involved in the action on All-Ireland day and, once again, we’re heading off hoping to see the lads in Green and Red bring home the […]

Inside the gate at last

I’m in!  I thought I’d missed the boat earlier in the day when an approach to what I’d reckoned was a very long shot resulted in the dreaded response of “If only you’d called an hour ago – I’ve just given one away”.  As it turned out, this near-miss didn’t really matter because by around […]

Still no ticket for Sunday

I’m getting a small little bit jittery – you know the crack, jumping two feet in the air every time the phone rings, checking under the bed for bogeymen and such like – and the jitters are set to get worse, I fear, between now and Sunday.  Time’s running out and I still haven’t got […]