It was announced by Elvery’s this evening that, as expected, the lads will sport the current away strip in Sunday’s All-Ireland semi-final against Kerry at Croke Park (throw-in 3.30pm). It’s an attire that was unveiled in the League game against the same opposition down in Tralee in February this year.
That match remains the only occasion in which the lads have played in the distinctive red and black outfit. We won that night so that means we’ve a 100% success rate in the alternative strip. Plus it bears a passing resemblance to Down’s colours. Seeing as Kerry go all Mr. Jelly when they encounter the Mourne men at Croke Park there’s possibly a psychological edge for us in there somewhere too.
I’m pretty sure that Kerry will also be wearing their away garb on Sunday. If that’s the case then, unless they shock all and sundry with a new design, they’ll play in the same blue jersey with the black band around the middle and yellow trim that they’ve used for some time.
The same one, in other words, that they appeared in last February. When we beat them. In our nice new red and black clobber.
In other news entirely, I’ve been asked to give a mention – which I’m delighted to do – to the exploits of two young Kiltimagh ladies, who were part of the Irish U18 womens’ basketball team that made it all the way to the European Championship Division B final. Both of them have strong Mayo GAA pedigrees.
Photo: The 42 (Tommy Dickson/Inpho)
Dayna Finn (daughter of John) and Maggie Byrne (Tom’s daughter) were on the team that became the first ever Irish basketball side to reach a European final. The team’s groundbreaking run – which ensures Division A status at womens’ U18 national level next year – ended on Sunday night in defeat to Germany in the final but not before they’d put Irish basketball on the map.
Dayna and Maggie – both past pupils of my old alma mater, St Louis Community School in Kiltimagh – were not only the sole representatives from the county on the team but were also, I gather, the only players from Connacht to feature. Hearty congrats to them for their great achievement.