Photo: GAA.ie (Sportsfile)
The squad list for Sunday’s Round 3 FBD League clash with Roscommon at Hyde Park on Sunday (throw-in 2pm) was released a bit earlier on and it’s the same 23 players that were on duty in Ballina last Sunday. Full details here.
It’s clearly the right time of year for experimentation – and I’m hoping to see the likes of Matthew Flanagan, David Kenny, Padraig O’Hora, Shane Nally, Caolan Crowe, Darren McHale, Keith Ruttledge and Conor Loftus in action when I get to Hyde Park on Sunday – but, while it’s great to see the new (and, in some cases, not-so-new) faces getting game time, it’s also the case that at least some of this is a necessity, given who is and who isn’t available right now.
In this respect, the Mayo News (paper and digital versions) had an instructive piece this week where they listed 26 players (an entire match-day squad, in other words) who are either injured, out of bounds due to club commitments or otherwise unavailable at the minute. Some of these are likely to be back soon enough – in a separate Mayo News piece this week Stephen Rochford states that he’s hopeful the likes of Aidan and Conor O’Shea, Diarmuid O’Connor, Evan Regan and Stephen Coen could all be back for the first round of the League against Cork – but a good number of those currently ruled out are likely to remain so for some time.
In separate news, Diarmuid O’Connor took part in today’s official launch of the Allianz Leagues at Croke Park, where he expressed the desire to see us make the improvements that will enable us to push on and reach the summit this year. And so say all of us.