We’ve named our team, they most likely won’t reciprocate until some time tomorrow – and then, of course, make a few further switches just prior to throw-in – so all that’s left to do now is to point you towards various things that need to be pointed towards as we head into our first meeting for a while with Dublin.
These aren’t all to do with tomorrow evening’s game, but some are. You’ll see what I mean as we go along.
First up a few pieces about the match. Edwin McGreal has a piece with Aidan O’Shea in the Irish Examiner (here), while the same paper has a handy graphic (here) that sums up much about the weekend’s League action, including Dublin’s head-to-head dominance over us.
Also in the Irish Examiner, Rob and I have a small walk-on part in a column by Tommy Martin that’s largely about James Horan. That’s here.
The Irish Independent went big on a piece about the rivalry between ourselves and Dublin (you know, the one that has seen them unbeaten when we’ve faced them the last 13 times). If that’s your poison, you’ll find it here.
The Dublin/Mayo nexus also gets an airing in the Off The Ball Gaelic Football Show featuring Enda Varley. That’s available to listen to here.
The county’s ladies team also face Dublin at Croke Park tomorrow evening, with that curtain-raiser encounter throwing in at HQ at 5pm. There’s a preview piece on the ladies’ match in the Mayo News (here) and I also liked the cool way the ladies team was announced – have a look here. Lads, take note.
Sadly, I won’t make it to Croke Park myself much in advance of 7pm, due to juvenile football commitments across town tomorrow afternoon. We will, though, be including coverage of the ladies’ game in this week’s edition of the Mayo News football podcast. That’ll be online on Sunday.
Also in this week’s Mayo News is a nice piece by Billy Joe Padden on the late John Morrison. That one is here.
Who knew? The GAA’s Annual Congress is on this weekend too. Details on the motions down for discussion at Congress are here.
Fancy a bit of hurling action this Sunday? The hurlers continue their NHL Division 2A campaign on Sunday, as they host Antrim at James Stephens Park in Ballina. Throw-in there is at the early time of 1pm.
Are you thinking of heading down to Tralee to catch the Round 6 match against Kerry? If you’re a season ticket holder then there’s no issue – aside, maybe, from accommodation for the night in the town – but if you’re looking for tickets for the match – which is expected to sell out – then you’d need to get your stakes on. They’re no longer on sale online so best check ASAP with Centra or SuperValu to see if they have any.
Need some new gear to wear to Croke Park tomorrow evening? The new goalkeeper’s jersey might fit the bill and is now on sale – details here.
Finally, it’s worth pointing you again towards that video doing the rounds showing Tom Parsons in motion (that’s here). He’s on the way back alright – best of luck to him as he continues on the long, arduous road to recovery.
Back in the morning with some final pre-match thoughts.