Connacht GAA confirmed yesterday evening the details of dates, times and venues for this year’s Senior and Junior Connacht football Championships. Those details are here.
In the Senior Championship, the fun and games start for us, of course, over in New York where, on 5th May, we take on the Exiles at Gaelic Park. That match is set to throw in at 2.15pm local time.
The next date to be pencilled into the diary for us is Saturday, 25th May. The winners from the New York game are scheduled to play the victors of the Roscommon/Leitrim quarter-final – which is fixed for Hyde Park on 12th May (throw-in 3.30pm) – that day. If it’s us against Leitrim the game will be played at Páirc Seán MacDiarmada, if it’s Roscommon it’ll be at MacHale Park. Either way it’s a 7pm throw-in.
That, by the way, presents me with a fairly insuperable logistical problem. I’m at a family wedding that day so not only will I not get to the match I’ll also be offline – hopefully slightly off my trolley as well – for the entire evening. This means that, for the first time ever since the blog’s inception, I won’t be in a position to do any coverage on a Championship game on the blog. I will, though, be exploring options in the meantime about dragooning someone else to do this. You’d never know, it could be you …
The Connacht final – an event we haven’t been involved in, lest we need reminding, for the past three years – is scheduled for Sunday, 16th June with a 4pm throw-in. The venue for the Nestor Cup decider depends on who’ll be in it and will be confirmed later.
The JFC ties have all been fixed as curtain-raisers to the Senior matches. We’re straight into the Junior semi-final – where we’ll face either Leitrim or Roscommon – and this will be played on 25th May at 4.30pm (either at Páirc Seán or Castlebar). The JFC provincial decider throws in at 1.15pm on 16th June at wherever the Senior final is fixed to be played.