Sunday is fast approaching and, with it, our long awaited first outing of 2019. As the saying goes, hunger is the best sauce and so, with over six months having passed since the senior team were last in action, supporters should be bordering on ravenous at this stage.
Sunday’s meeting with Leitrim at Páirc Seán Mac Diarmada in Carrick-on-Shannon (throw-in 1.30pm) is, of course, only an FBD League preliminary round fixture. Despite this, I’d say there’s likely to be a large attendance there, especially from our side of the ditch, for what will be the county’s first appearance with James Horan back as bainisteoir.
As evidence of this, Connacht GAA issued some ticketing information for the game via Twitter the other day (details here). In short, it’s a tenner at the gate (no, your newly-minted 2019 Season Ticket won’t get you in) and tickets can also be obtained in advance from Centra and SuperValu outlets. It’d be gas if this pre-season kick-about proved to be a sell-out fixture.
Because it is only the FBD, however, I’m not expecting much in the way of solid pre-match information, in particular team details. Announcing line-ups in advance isn’t really a feature of the FBD so I’d say it’ll only be on the day that our fifteen for this one will be revealed.
James did, though, provide some details on the players who have impressed in training to date in that short video issued by Mayo GAA TV the other day. We might see a few of these lads in action in Carrick on Sunday.
James has also been in the media this week, by the way, giving his views on the experimental rules (by the way, a reminder I did a while ago about these is here). You’ll find pieces with James on this topic in the Irish Examiner, RTÉ, Sky Sports, Off The Ball and Balls.ie.
I’m looking forward to getting back on the road myself. It’s wall-to-wall live action for us over the weekend, in fact, as we’re taking in the sell-out Pro14 rugby clash between Connacht and Munster at the Sportsgrounds tomorrow evening before heading up to Carrick for the match on Sunday.
I’m hoping to hook up with my Mayo News football podcast buddy Rob Murphy at some point tomorrow evening at the rugby. The two of us will then be back in harness at Páirc Seán the following afternoon where we’ll be throwing in the ball on a first podcast episode of 2019, which should be online on Monday. Yes, it’s good to be back on the road once again.