Photo: Connaught Telegraph
Focus has switched away from the inter-county action for a while – unless, of course, you’re in Galway – so it’s worth giving a quick run-down on what’s on this coming weekend. I need to do this summary now as my own sporting endeavours at the weekend involve a rather challenging spin on two wheels in Clare tomorrow (this event) and I have to get on the road west later on.
Pride of place this weekend is, of course, Rice College’s Hogan Cup final against St Ronan’s College, Lurgan, which takes place at Croke Park tomorrow (throw-in 4pm). The Westport school are bidding to become the first team from the county since the famed St Colman’s side of the late Seventies to win the cup and what an achievement it would be for them to do it.
On the same bill at HQ tomorrow, St Nathy’s College Ballaghaderreen are in the Colleges’ B final. They play Holy Trinity College, Cookstown, for the Paddy Drummond Cup and that match throws in at 2pm.
There’s sure to be a big, boisterous crowd there at Croke Park for these matches but if you can’t make it there TG4 are streaming both game live on YouTube. Details here – Drummond Cup, Hogan Cup. The very best to both Rice College and to Nathy’s in their respective finals tomorrow.
The weekend also sees the start of the club championships. I guess it seemed like a good idea to free up April for club action but, as Galway’s club no-show demonstrates, this only works if every county plays ball. Literally, in this case.
In addition, the weather at the minute sure doesn’t help. We’re still far from done with frost it would appear and the rain is, well, incessant. What the pitches will be like this weekend is anyone’s guess but certainly they won’t resemble the quality you’d expect of a playing surface for championship football.
Anyway, here’s the full list of championship matches on in the county this weekend – the home team in every case is listed first. I’ll provide an update of all results on Sunday evening.
Senior Football Championship
GROUP 1: Castlebar Mitchels v Ballina Stephenites, Saturday 6pm; Ballaghaderreen v Aghamore, Sunday 2pm
GROUP 2: Charlestown v Knockmore, Saturday 6pm; Moy Davitts v Garrymore, Sunday 3pm
GROUP 3: Hollymount/Carramore v Claremorris, Saturday 6pm; Crossmolina v Westport, Sunday 2pm
GROUP 4: Davitts v Ballintubber, Saturday 4pm; Breaffy v Kiltane, Sunday 2pm
Intermediate Football Championship
GROUP 1: Ballyhaunis v Kiltimagh, Saturday 4pm; Mayo Gaels v Belmullet, Sunday 2pm
GROUP 2: Islandeady v Swinford, Saturday 4pm; Bonniconlon v Burrishoole, Sunday 4pm
GROUP 3: Ballinrobe v Ardnaree, Saturday 6pm; Castlebar Mitchels B v The Neale, Sunday 4pm
GROUP 4: Parke v Louisburgh, Saturday 6pm; Shrule/Glencorrib v Lahardae, Sunday 4pm
The above info, by the way, is from @MayoGAA and this week’s Mayo News. Best keep an eye out on the Twitter feed on @MayoGAA for details of any late changes in venues etc. as well as score updates from all the matches.
Finally, Andy Moran was doing a sponsorship gig yesterday and he’s in the media today talking football, fatherhood and more. There are interview pieces with him on the GAA website, The 42, Irish Examiner, Irish Mirror.