The Christmas decorations are starting to go up but the on-field action at club level for 2019 still isn’t over. This weekend, from the county’s perspective, it’s the turn of the ladies with two separate All-Ireland final contests down for decision on Sunday.
The first of these is the Junior B All-Ireland camogie final where East Mayo camogie club Na Brídeóga take on Denn of Cavan. This game has been fixed for Athleague where throw-in is 2pm on Sunday.
It was at the same Roscommon venue last Sunday that Tooreen captured the Connacht IHC title and Na Brídeóga, which draws players from Tooreen, Aghamore and Kiltimagh, will be looking to channel the same battling spirit as they go in search of All-Ireland honours. The team is captained by Eleanor Harrison, whose brother David lined out for Tooreen the last day.
The same afternoon the footballers of CL MacHale Rovers head for Duggan Park in Ballinasloe to contest the LGFA All-Ireland Junior football final against Cork’s Donoughmore. This match also throws in at 2pm and it’s being streamed live by the LGFA – details on that are here.
The star turn on the MacHale Rovers team is, of course, Rachel Kearns who won an LGFA All-Star award last Friday night. Incredibly, only two years ago Rachel applied to transfer to nearby St Brigid’s, as MacHale Rovers – who’d been in and out of existence since 2012 – didn’t have the numbers to make up a team and she was looking for regular club football.
In the event, that transfer never went through, and Rovers – comprising an amalgamation of Crossmolina, Lahardane and Ardagh – reformed in 2018. That year won their first league title. Now they’re shooting for All-Ireland glory.
Best of luck to both Mayo teams in their respective All-Ireland deciders on Sunday.
Thanks to the Mayo News, from whose match previews in this week’s paper by Michael Commins and Ger Flanagan the information in the above piece was largely drawn.