I haven’t done the morning-after-the-day-before round-up of coverage for ages – the Galway match back in June was the last time – due to a combination of logistical, connectivity and time-related issues. But yesterday was an All-Ireland semi-final, we’re back at base after our summer’s gallivanting and there’s plenty to read about us today. Ready for it? Okay, here goes.
Onto the nationals, where there’s oodles of stuff. The best way is do them paper-by-paper.
Irish Times (paywall) – match report, analysis by Malachy Clerkin on the Aidan O’Shea/Kieran Donaghy match-up. Malachy doesn’t spare the timber in this one.
RTÉ – match report, quotes from Stephen Rochford, Eamonn Fitzmaurice and Kieran Donaghy, analysis on Kerry’s weaknesses at the back (culled from Ciaran Whelan’s analysis on The Sunday Game last night).
That’ll do for now, I reckon. As normal, I’ll gather up all the match reports and file them away in the results archive in due course.
But don’t spend all your time looking back. The GAA season ticket email was in my inbox at 10.09 this morning and the next job I need to do now is sort out tickets for Saturday. As you need to as well. We outnumbered the opposition at Croke Park yesterday by around 5:1 and we’ll need to do the same next week too. As Rochy said in those quotes above, we’re still in this and the lads will need us all there again on Saturday. UPDATE: Full details on ticketing for the replay are here.
Watch out for the next edition of the Mayo News podcast, which will be out this afternoon and captures all the action from Croke Park yesterday. The Man of the Match poll is still open as well but Andy’s already in the winner’s enclosure on that one by the looks of it. Sure keep voting anyway and I’ll announce the result later on tonight.
By the way, I’ve been thinking about changing the voting system for the MOTM polls. As things stand, voting can be fierce tippy, i.e. huge support for one player (Andy, in the case of yesterday’s game) with less recognition to others who put in big shifts. I’m wondering if the poll allowed voters to pick their three best performers (which wouldn’t be ranked – the poll thingy doesn’t do this) instead of just one, would this provide a better spread and maybe give more prominence to the supporting cast? What do you reckon? All views on this welcome.
Want to provide more support for the lads? There’s a jackpot of €15,300 and stand tickets for the All-Ireland hurling final up for grabs in tonight’s draw on the Mayo GAA Players Welfare Lotto. Play the Lotto here.