The sun’s up and shining, a bright blue sky out there on the first day of 2017. Last year and all that happened – as well as all that didn’t happen – is over with, a new year of new possibilities lies undiscovered before us.
It’s a significant year for the blog too because a month from now it’ll be a full ten years on the go. Hold off on the birthday wishes for now, though – I’ll be doing a few things around the start of February to mark this milestone.
With the New Year starting, the action will soon be underway once more. The first Mayo team to take the field in the shiny new jerseys will be Mike Solan’s U21s, who play Derry in the first round of the pre-season North-West Cup. That match is on next Saturday (7th) and it is apparently a home fixture but I can’t find any details of where or when it’s on.
The first senior inter-county match of the year for us takes place this day week, in the form of that hardy January staple of the FBD League. Our opening FBD match this year throws in at MacHale Park at 2pm next Sunday, where NUIG provide the opposition.
The 2016 senior panel are, of course, jetting off shortly for some winter sun in South Africa so the NUIG match next Sunday will provide an opportunity for several fringe players to show what they can do. The first game of the year where the full panel – including, once more, a fit-again Ger Cafferkey – will be available for selection is in a fortnight’s time. That one is against IT Sligo and it throws in at 2pm in James Stephens Park, Ballina.
We go again? No choice but to, I guess. It’s a new year after all.