We’re into November and, with it, all that cold and darkness. Championship action in high summer already feels like another country.
But although the inter-county season is well over at this stage, club action is still going strong. County honours have all been claimed by now and this weekend there are several provincial club championship matches down for decision.
Connacht GAA have a neat summary (here) of what’s on offer in that line within the province this weekend. Best of luck to all the Mayo clubs in action then, in particular Castlebar Mitchels, who play Leitrim champions Mohill in the opening round of the Connacht SFC on Saturday at MacHale Park (throw-in 2pm), Moy Davitts, who face Michael Glavey’s of Roscommon in the Connacht IFC semi-final on Sunday at MacHale Park (throw-in 2.30pm), Lahardane MacHales, who take on Galway’s St Gabriels in the Connacht JFC on Sunday at MacHale Park (throw-in 1pm) and Tooreen, who meet Galway’s Ballinderreen in the Connacht IHC final at Athleague (throw-in 2pm).
Off-field it’s a big weekend too, with the 2017 All-Stars award ceremony taking place on Friday night. We’ve several players in the running for honours on the night, with twelve players on the nomination list for All-Star awards and with Andy Moran and David Clarke on the shortlist for the prestigious Footballer of the Year award.
Friday’s bash at Dublin’s Convention Centre will have a strong focus on the action that took place in 2017 but already the GAA’s Master Fixtures plan for 2018 has been published. If you haven’t seen it yet it’s here.
So there’s plenty happening both on and off the field of play over the coming few days. Just to prove the point, I’m happy to announce that a new episode of the Mayo News football podcast will be online at some stage tomorrow so stay tuned for that as well.