The lads are off to the Algarve for a training camp next week, according to this report in the Mayo News. This kind of warm weather training is now almost an obligatory part of the championship build-up for inter-county teams and with a good while still to go to our Connacht championship opener, it should help to break the monotony somewhat. Unless they go on the lash of course and hit the clubs but I’m sure Johnno will have his spies out to ensure that any high jinks are kept to a minimum. The break in Portugal that the Meath lads recently had certainly didn’t do them any harm – they took lumps off us in that challenge game when they got back and then they had the poor Scallion Ayters for breakfast at Croker last Sunday.
Speaking of that Meath challenge game, the report mentioned above says that the injury suffered by Trevor Howley at the end of that game wasn’t, after all, a broken ankle. Instead, what’s ailing him is “ligaments detached from the bone”. Sounds fucking painful, whatever it is, but the good news is that Trevor’s recovery time could now be shorter, which raises hopes that he’ll be back in time for the Connacht final, should we get there. (And on that point: check out this thread on gaaboard.com where a few Sligo lads are fairly stirring the pot. And sure why shouldn’t they? They are the defending provincials champions, after all.)
That Mayo News report I mentioned above also discusses various knocks and bumps that a number of the lads have picked up but none of them sound hugely significant so there’s no point discussing them further. The report also mentions last week’s rather hush-hush challenge match against Offaly, which we lost. I’d heard that already but there’s bugger all in the way of further information on it and I see that there’s no match report on it in the Mayo News either. The only other info I’ve been able to get on it is this thread on Hogan Stand where one of the Faithful claims that they beat us by three points and that we were close to full strength but were minus Mort the Younger. I have no idea as to the veracity of these particular nuggets of information. Kev mentions this match briefly in his column but only says that it was a crap game – he must be in on the secret as well, then, as he’s obviously saying nothing. The Voice of Experience clearly isn’t though, as he confines himself to club matters this week.
Finally, there’s a good article in the Mayo News by Daniel Carey about Pat Fallon’s all-conquering Over-40s who this year are aiming for their own All-Ireland three-in-a-row but whose efforts are being clouded by the possible demise of the Masters grade. Burn-out can’t be an issue for Over-40s: those bellies would take too long to incinerate, surely!