I thought I’d got away with it there: it was only last night, by which time we’d returned to base here in Dublin, that anyone first remarked about my absence from the site. But absent I was, having spent a few activity-laden days down in Mayo with the laptop switched off.
It was only a short break, though, and we made it back home last night. There’s been plenty of chat going on while we were away and, with August just up ahead, it’s good to be thinking with increased confidence about our still being in the thick of things in the month to come.
The win over Kildare and our forthcoming qualifier clash with Westmeath (I’ll do a low-down piece on them, by the way, at some point over the next day or two like I did for Fermanagh and Kildare – the extra week between games has given me a bit more wiggle-room in this regard) is dealt with in detail in this week’s Mayo News podcast.
I’m in there again, doing a far less stressed Before/During/After chat with Rob Murphy, Billy Joe (and Abigail) are there too, so is Irish Independent writer Colm Keys and Mayo News regulars Edwin McGreal and Danny Carey. You can listen to the podcast here:
While I’m blowing my own trumpet, the ‘On the Road’ piece I did for this week’s Mayo News, where I talk about the Westportif and the Kildare match, is here.
One of the benefits of being temporarily located in the west this week was being able to pick up copies – real paper ones – of the local papers. It’s really handy, of course, being able to access the digital variants when based up here but you can’t beat the real thing.
Pieces of relevance in this week’s Mayo News that you can have a look at online include Billy Joe Padden’s tactics column and an analysis by Ger Flanagan of Stephen Rochford’s cool and calm demeanour at the Kildare match. The piece by Mike Finnerty about Kevin Keane (here) appears, thankfully, to have been since overtaken by events, with Stephen Rochford confirming last night at the press briefing for the Westmeath game that, aside from long-term absentee Ger Cafferkey, he’ll have full deck to pick from for Saturday week.
That press briefing was on surprisingly early but then, as has already been pointed out in the comments, equally early is today’s deadline for season ticket holders to avail of the Bring a Friend option for the Westmeath match. Why this particular curtain needs to come down nine days ahead of the game isn’t clear to me but I guess we should be happy that carping about ticketing details now relates to a match at Croke Park rather than one at MacHale Park.
Speaking of our next do-or-die match, Paddy Power clearly don’t think much of the Lake County’s much vaunted status as the second-best team in Leinster: we’re 1/16 to do the business on Saturday week, with the handicap set at -8. Let’s end for now with a poll – what do you reckon to those odds? Will we do it?
Will we beat Westmeath?
- Yes (89%, 593 Votes)
- No (11%, 71 Votes)
Total Voters: 664