The Connacht championship launch took place at the Centre of Excellence in Bekan yesterday and there’s a fair bit of coverage arising from it in the papers today. Mike Finnerty was there for the Mayo News football podcast and you can hear more on that when the episode goes online later on tonight.
Most of these reports zero in on Stephen’s dismissal of rumours that Lee Keegan might be good to go for us on Sunday week. The analogy has been drawn with Robbie Henshaw – I raised this myself in our chat for the podcast last night – but Stephen was emphatic that speculation about an early return for Lee is wide of the mark.
Aside from anything else, the Henshaw comparison isn’t a valid one – he returned to the fray ten weeks after his operation and it’s only been six weeks since Lee had his surgery. A return to action in time for the Connacht final, should we end up going the direct route this year, always seemed the likelier target.
The manager did, however, have some good news on the injury front yesterday. Brendan Harrison, Chris Barrett, Donal Vaughan and Cillian O’Connor should all be okay to line out on Sunday week.
Mike had a good chinwag with Rochy at yesterday’s event and you can hear it all on the podcast when it goes live tonight. The episode also includes chat from the launch event with David Clarke and Galway’s Damien Comer.
Another manager getting media coverage today is the Mayo ladies’ bainisteoir Peter Leahy. He’s been speaking about Sunday’s NFL decider against Dublin and, inevitably, speaking about Cora too. Pieces here – Irish Examiner, Irish Independent, Irish Times, The 42.
Meanwhile, I’ve just seen that Conor Lane has been appointed to ref the match on Sunday week. Not the best choice, you’d have to say, but, as ever, one we have to live with. Midwest have that report (here), in which they also confirm that Cillian O’Connor will, once again, captain the team this year.
Right, that’s your lot for now. Best of luck to the Juniors and the Minors, both of whom are in championship action at MacHale Park this evening. I’ll have a (short) piece on those matches later on and the new edition of the podcast will also be going online tonight as well so stay tuned for that too.