Bloody hell, it’s Thursday already. I’ve been a bit sidetracked with work and what-have-you over the last few days and so have been less active here than I’d normally be in the days leading up to a championship fixture. I guess the fact that I’m not planning to get to it could be a factor here but it is our first outing in this year’s Connacht championship and it’s on this Sunday so the pot needs a bit of stirring.
The stuff about injuries in the camp has already been well poked over but there’s a piece by Mike Finnerty on this very topic in today’s Irish Examiner. This is mainly the same info that was in the Mayo News earlier in the week, confirming that Diarmuid O’Connor and Chris Barrett, as well as Brian Reape, are all unavailable for Ruislip and that Ger Cafferkey and Barry Moran are both doubtful.
What this means in terms of team selection should become clear later on today. Mayo GAA said on Twitter last night that the team would be announced at some point today, which I’m guessing means later on this evening. Details will be posted here when that announcement is made.
Two other pieces in today’s papers are worth having a look over. This one in the Irish Independent is about London’s Mark Gottsche who, aside from being a player, is also the London County Board Secretary and Treasurer. Some man for one man. There’s also a piece in today’s Irish Times in which James Horan reminisces about the close shave with ignominy that was our last appearance over in Ruislip.
Ever wondered what the London experience is like from the players’ perspective? Billy Joe Padden sheds some light on this in vivid fashion in this week’s Mayo News – here.
Finally, for now, the graphic above is from the cover of a special commemorative 80-page match programme that the London County Board have produced for Sunday’s encounter. If you’re lucky enough to be heading over this weekend and have your mitts on a match ticket, be sure to get your hands on this tangible momento of the game.
Support the lads via the Club and County Development draw. Tickets are available online – here.