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Title: Connacht Club Championships 2017 - Senior/Intermediate/Junior Football & Hurling
Post by: revsperminute on September 29, 2017, 01:50:54 PM
Care to fill in the blanks lads

Roscommon SFC Semi Finals
Western Gaels v St. Bridgets
Roscommon Gaels v Boyle

Roscommon SFC Semi Finals
Western Gaels or St. Bridgets v Roscommon Gaels or Boyle

Roscommon SHC Final
Four Roads v Padraig Pearses

Roscommon IFC Semi Final
Oran v Michael Glaveys

Roscommon IFC Final
Fuerty v Oran or Michael Glaveys

Roscommon JFC Final
St Bridgets v Kilglass Gaels

Galway SFC Final
Mountbellew/Moylough v Corofin

Galway SHC Final
???

Galway IFC Final
???

Galway IHC Final
???

Galway JFC
???

Galway JHC Final
???

Leitrim SFC Final
???

Leitrim SHC Final
????

Leitrim IFC Final
???

Leitrim JFC Semi Final
????

Sligo SFC Quarter Final
Tourlestrane v Calry/St Joseph's

Sligo SFC Semi Final
St Mary's v. Eastern Harps
Tourlestrane or Calry/St Joseph's v Tubbercurry.

Sligo SFC Final
St Mary's or Eastern Harps v Tourlestrane or Calry/St Joseph's or Tubbercurry.

Sligo SHC Semi Final
???

Sligo SHC Final
???

Sligo IFC
St John's v. St Farnan's.

Sligo JFC Semi Finals
Tourlestrane v Curry
Ballymote v Owenmore Gaels

Mayo SFC
????

Mayo SHC
????

Mayo IFC
????

Mayo JFC Final
???

Draws for Connacht Football Club Championship

Senior Championship Quarter Final 4th November
Leitrim Champions v Mayo Champions

Senior Championship Semi Final 12th November
Roscommon Champions v Galway Champions
Quarter Final Winner v Sligo Champions

Senior Championship Final 26th November

Intermediate Championship Quarter Final 22th October
Leitrim Champions v Sligo Champions

Intermediate Championship Semi Final 5th November
Roscommon Champions v Mayo Champions
Quarter Final Winner v Galway Champions

Intermediate Championship Final 19th November

Junior Championship Quarter Final 22th October
Mayo Champions v Leitrim Champions

Junior Championship Semi Final 5th November
Sligo Champions v Roscommon Champions
Quarter Final Winner v Galway Champions

Junior Championship Final 19th November

Draws for Connacht Hurling Club Championship

Intermediate Championship Semi Final
Mayo Champions v Roscommon Champions

Intermediate Championship Final
Semi Final Winner v Galway Champions

Junior Championship Semi Final
Sligo Champions v Leitrim Champions

Intermediate Championship Final
Semi Final Winner v Galway Champions
Title: Re: Connacht Club Championships 2017 - Senior/Intermediate/Junior Football & Hurling
Post by: magpie seanie on September 29, 2017, 02:04:22 PM

Roscommon SFC Semi Finals
Western Gaels v St. Bridgets
Roscommon Gaels v Boyle

Roscommon SFC Semi Finals
Western Gaels or St. Bridgets v Roscommon Gaels or Boyle

Roscommon SHC Final
Four Roads v Padraig Pearses

Roscommon IFC Semi Final
Oran v Michael Glaveys

Roscommon IFC Final
Fuerty v Oran or Michael Glaveys

Roscommon JFC Final
St Bridgets v Kilglass Gaels

Galway SFC Final
Mountbellew/Moylough v Corofin

Galway SHC Final
???

Galway IFC Final
???

Galway IHC Final
???

Galway JFC
???

Galway JHC Final
???

Leitrim SFC Final
???

Leitrim SHC Final
????

Leitrim IFC Final
???

Leitrim JFC Semi Final
????

Sligo SFC Quarter Final
Tourlestrane v Calry/St Joseph's

Sligo SFC Semi Final
St Mary's v. Eastern Harps
Tourlestrane or Calry/St Joseph's v Tubbercurry.

Sligo SFC Final
St Mary's or Eastern Harps v Tourlestrane or Calry/St Joseph's or Tubbercurry.

Sligo SHC Final
Calry/St Joseph's v Western Gaels

Sligo IFC
St John's v. St Farnan's.

Sligo JFC Semi Finals
Tourlestrane v Curry
Ballymote v Owenmore Gaels

Mayo SFC
????

Mayo SHC
????

Mayo IFC
????

Mayo JFC Final
???

Draws for Connacht Football Club Championship

Senior Championship Quarter Final 4th November
Leitrim Champions v Mayo Champions

Senior Championship Semi Final 12th November
Roscommon Champions v Galway Champions
Quarter Final Winner v Sligo Champions

Senior Championship Final 26th November

Intermediate Championship Quarter Final 22th October
Leitrim Champions v Sligo Champions

Intermediate Championship Semi Final 5th November
Roscommon Champions v Mayo Champions
Quarter Final Winner v Galway Champions

Intermediate Championship Final 19th November

Junior Championship Quarter Final 22th October
Mayo Champions v Leitrim Champions

Junior Championship Semi Final 5th November
Sligo Champions v Roscommon Champions
Quarter Final Winner v Galway Champions

Junior Championship Final 19th November

Draws for Connacht Hurling Club Championship

Intermediate Championship Semi Final
Mayo Champions v Roscommon Champions

Intermediate Championship Final
Semi Final Winner v Galway Champions

Junior Championship Semi Final
Sligo Champions v Leitrim Champions

Intermediate Championship Final
Semi Final Winner v Galway Champions
Title: Re: Connacht Club Championships 2017 - Senior/Intermediate/Junior Football & Hurling
Post by: Owenmoresider on September 29, 2017, 02:30:18 PM
Leitrim SFC Final
Glencar/Manor v Mohill

Leitrim SHC Final
Carrick v Ballinamore or Manorhamilton

Leitrim IFC Final
Aughnasheelin v Leitrim Gaels

Leitrim JFC Semi Final
Sean O'Heslin's, Carrigallen, Glencar/Manor and St. Mary's or Annaduff in contention
(Irrelevant re Connacht as there's no exclusive Junior A team)

Sligo SFC Quarter Final
Tourlestrane v Calry/St Joseph's

Sligo SFC Semi Final
St Mary's v. Eastern Harps
Tourlestrane or Calry/St Joseph's v Tubbercurry.

Sligo SFC Final
St Mary's or Eastern Harps v Tourlestrane or Calry/St Joseph's or Tubbercurry.

Sligo SHC Final
Calry/St Joseph's v Western Gaels

Sligo IFC
St John's v. St Farnan's.

Sligo JFC Semi Finals
Cloonacool v Tourlestrane or Curry
Ballymote v Owenmore Gaels
(Tourlestrane and Curry ineligible for Connacht)

Mayo SFC
They'll get all the time they need  ::)

Mayo SHC
Looks to be Ballyhaunis v Tooreen

Mayo IFC
See SFC above

Mayo JFC Semi-Finals
Kilmaine v Ballycastle
Balla v Lahardane
Title: Re: Connacht Club Championships 2017 - Senior/Intermediate/Junior Football & Hurling
Post by: revsperminute on October 02, 2017, 08:56:46 AM
Care to fill in the blanks lads

Roscommon SFC Final
St. Bridgets v Roscommon Gaels

Roscommon SHC Final
Four Roads v Padraig Pearses

Roscommon IFC Final
Fuerty v Michael Glaveys

Roscommon JFC Final
St Bridgets v Kilglass Gaels

Galway SFC Final
Mountbellew/Moylough v Corofin

Galway SHC Final
???

Galway IFC Semi Finals
Oileáin Árann v Williamstown
Claregalway  v Kilkerrin-Clonberne 

Galway IHC Quarter Finals
Oranmore-Maree v An Spidéal
Kinvara v Rahoon-Newcastle
Kilconieron v Ballinderreen
Meelick-Eyrecourt v Killimor 

Galway JFC
???

Galway JHC Final
Mícheál Breathnach v Sylane
 
Leitrim SFC Final
Glencar/Manor v Mohill

Leitrim SHC Final
????

Leitrim IFC Final
Aughnasheelin v Leitrim Gaels

Leitrim JFC
Sean O'Heslin's, Carrigallen, Glencar/Manor and St. Mary's or Annaduff

Sligo SFC Quarter Final
Tourlestrane v Calry/St Joseph's

Sligo SFC Semi Final
St Mary's v. Eastern Harps
Tourlestrane or Calry/St Joseph's v Tubbercurry.

Sligo SFC Final
St Mary's or Eastern Harps v Tourlestrane or Calry/St Joseph's or Tubbercurry.

Sligo SHC Semi Final
???

Sligo SHC Final
???

Sligo IFC
St John's v. St Farnan's.

Sligo JFC Semi Finals
Tourlestrane v Curry
Ballymote v Owenmore Gaels

Mayo SFC
????

Mayo SHC
????

Mayo IFC
????

Mayo JFC Final
???

Draws for Connacht Football Club Championship

Senior Championship Quarter Final 4th November
Leitrim Champions v Mayo Champions

Senior Championship Semi Final 12th November
Roscommon Champions v Galway Champions
Quarter Final Winner v Sligo Champions

Senior Championship Final 26th November

Intermediate Championship Quarter Final 22th October
Leitrim Champions v Sligo Champions

Intermediate Championship Semi Final 5th November
Roscommon Champions v Mayo Champions
Quarter Final Winner v Galway Champions

Intermediate Championship Final 19th November

Junior Championship Quarter Final 22th October
Mayo Champions v Leitrim Champions

Junior Championship Semi Final 5th November
Sligo Champions v Roscommon Champions
Quarter Final Winner v Galway Champions

Junior Championship Final 19th November

Draws for Connacht Hurling Club Championship

Intermediate Championship Semi Final
Mayo Champions v Roscommon Champions

Intermediate Championship Final
Semi Final Winner v Galway Champions

Junior Championship Semi Final
Sligo Champions v Leitrim Champions

Intermediate Championship Final
Semi Final Winner v Galway Champions
Title: Re: Connacht Club Championships 2017 - Senior/Intermediate/Junior Football & Hurling
Post by: Owenmoresider on October 02, 2017, 09:12:38 AM
Leitrim SFC Final
Glencar/Manor v Mohill

Leitrim SHC Final
Carrick v Manorhamilton

Leitrim IFC Final
Aughnasheelin v Leitrim Gaels

Leitrim JFC Semi Finals
Sean O'Heslin's v St. Mary's
Carrigallen v Glencar/Manor
(Irrelevant re Connacht as there's no exclusive Junior A team)

Sligo SFC Semi Final
Tourlestrane v Tubbercurry

Sligo SFC Final
Eastern Harps v Tourlestrane or Tubbercurry

Sligo SHC Final
Calry/St Joseph's v Western Gaels

Sligo IFC
St John's v. St Farnan's.

Sligo JFC Semi Final
Cloonacool v Tourlestrane or Curry

Sligo JFC Final
Ballymote v Cloonacool or Tourlestrane or Curry
(Tourlestrane and Curry ineligible for Connacht)
Less said about the other semi final the better  :'(

Mayo SFC Quarter-Finals
Knockmore v Castlebar
Ballintubber v Hollymount
Breaffy v Claremorris
Ballina v Garrymore

Mayo SHC
Looks to be Ballyhaunis v Tooreen

Mayo IFC Quarter-Finals
Islandeady v Burrishoole
Louisburgh v Mayo Gaels
Moy Davitts v Parke
Ardnaree v Kiltimagh

Mayo JFC Final
Kilmaine v Lahardane
Title: Re: Connacht Club Championships 2017 - Senior/Intermediate/Junior Football & Hurling
Post by: magpie seanie on October 08, 2017, 04:31:16 PM
Intermediate final in Sligo finished as a draw. Big headache for the CCC in Sligo now with the SHC and SFC finals down as a double header next Sunday, several St Farnan's players involved with the Western Gaels team in the hurling final. The Sligo champions play the Leitrim champions on October 22nd so it has to be played next weekend. Bonkers to be in this situation when Sligo were finished so early.
Title: Re: Connacht Club Championships 2017 - Senior/Intermediate/Junior Football & Hurling
Post by: magpie seanie on October 09, 2017, 09:19:12 AM
Senior football semi final between Tourlestrane and Tubbercurry finished 1-11 apiece so I see the CCC in Sligo have gone for a double header next week - SFC semi final replay and then the IFC final replay. Hurling final deferred obviously.
Title: Re: Connacht Club Championships 2017 - Senior/Intermediate/Junior Football & Hurling
Post by: Owenmoresider on October 09, 2017, 09:39:11 AM
Roscommon SFC Final
St. Brigid's v Roscommon Gaels

Roscommon SHC
Padraig Pearses

Roscommon IFC Final
Fuerty v Michael Glaveys

Roscommon JFC Final
St Brigid's v Kilglass Gaels

Galway SFC Final
Mountbellew/Moylough v Corofin

Galway SHC Final
???

Galway IFC Final
Williamstown v Claregalway or Kilkerrin-Clonberne 

Galway IHC Semi Finals
Oranmore-Maree v Meelick-Eyrecourt
Ballinderreen v Rahoon-Newcastle

Galway JFC
???

Galway JHC Final
Mícheál Breathnach v Sylane
 
Leitrim SFC
Mohill

Leitrim SHC Final
Carrick v Manorhamilton

Leitrim IFC
Aughnasheelin

Leitrim JFC
Sean O'Heslin's v St. Mary's
Carrigallen v Glencar/Manor
(Irrelevant re Connacht as there's no exclusive Junior A team)

Sligo SFC Final
Eastern Harps v Tourlestrane or Tubbercurry.

Sligo SHC Final
Calry/St Joseph's v Western Gaels

Sligo IFC
St John's v. St Farnan's

Sligo JFC Final
Ballymote v Cloonacool or Tourlestrane

Mayo SFC Semi-Finals
Castlebar v Garrymore
Claremorris v Ballintubber or Hollymount

Mayo SHC
Ballyhaunis v Tooreen

Mayo IFC
Kiltimagh v Louisburgh
Moy Davitts v Islandeady

Mayo JFC
Lahardane

Draws for Connacht Football Club Championship

Senior Championship Quarter Final 4th November
Mohill v Mayo Champions

Senior Championship Semi Final 12th November
Roscommon Champions v Galway Champions
Quarter Final Winner v Sligo Champions

Senior Championship Final 26th November

Intermediate Championship Quarter Final 22th October
Aughnasheelin v Sligo Champions

Intermediate Championship Semi Final 5th November
Roscommon Champions v Mayo Champions
Quarter Final Winner v Galway Champions

Intermediate Championship Final 19th November

Junior Championship Quarter Final 22th October
Lahardane a bye

Junior Championship Semi Final 5th November
Sligo Champions v Roscommon Champions
Quarter Final Winner v Galway Champions

Junior Championship Final 19th November

Draws for Connacht Hurling Club Championship

Intermediate Championship Semi Final
Mayo Champions v Padraig Pearses

Intermediate Championship Final
Semi Final Winner v Galway Champions

Junior Championship Semi Final
Sligo Champions v Leitrim Champions

Intermediate Championship Final
Semi Final Winner v Galway Champions
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Title: Re: Connacht Club Championships 2017 - Senior/Intermediate/Junior Football & Hurling
Post by: Maroon Manc on October 09, 2017, 09:44:13 AM
Thats a very strange decision that denied K/C a win over Claregalway, saw the video on facebook last night. The ref gave a hop ball when he thought Shane Walsh had taken too long over a 45 that was to win the game.
Title: Re: Connacht Club Championships 2017 - Senior/Intermediate/Junior Football & Hurling
Post by: mouview on October 09, 2017, 01:29:10 PM
Thats a very strange decision that denied K/C a win over Claregalway, saw the video on facebook last night. The ref gave a hop ball when he thought Shane Walsh had taken too long over a 45 that was to win the game.

He may also have been taking into account how long it took Walsh to actually arrive at the scene; the radio commentators made some reference to it.  In the other Intermediate semi', Williamstown looked home and hosed, leading by 6 with time practically up. Then 'Aer Arann' (courtesy GBFM!) converted a penalty to bring it back to 3. In the 6th and final minute of stoppage time, they scored another goal to send it to extra-time. W'town eventually won with a converted 45, nearly the last kick.
Title: Re: Connacht Club Championships 2017 - Senior/Intermediate/Junior Football & Hurling
Post by: Syferus on October 09, 2017, 01:34:14 PM
It's about time someone was caught for time-wasting at the end of a game.
Title: Re: Connacht Club Championships 2017 - Senior/Intermediate/Junior Football & Hurling
Post by: mrhardyannual on October 09, 2017, 01:49:46 PM


Roscommon SFC Semi Finals
Western Gaels v St. Bridgets
Roscommon Gaels v Boyle

Roscommon SFC Semi Finals
Western Gaels or St. Bridgets v Roscommon Gaels or Boyle

Roscommon SHC Final
Four Roads v Padraig Pearses

Roscommon IFC Semi Final
Oran v Michael Glaveys

Roscommon IFC Final
Fuerty v Oran or Michael Glaveys

Roscommon JFC Final
St Bridgets v Kilglass Gaels

Galway SFC Final
Mountbellew/Moylough v Corofin

Galway SHC Final
???

Galway IFC Final
???

Galway IHC Final
???

Galway JFC
???

Galway JHC Final
???

Leitrim SFC Final
???

Leitrim SHC Final
????

Leitrim IFC Final
???

Leitrim JFC Semi Final
????

Sligo SFC Quarter Final
Tourlestrane v Calry/St Joseph's

Sligo SFC Semi Final
St Mary's v. Eastern Harps
Tourlestrane or Calry/St Joseph's v Tubbercurry.

Sligo SFC Final
St Mary's or Eastern Harps v Tourlestrane or Calry/St Joseph's or Tubbercurry.

Sligo SHC Semi Final
???

Sligo SHC Final
???

Sligo IFC
St John's v. St Farnan's.

Sligo JFC Semi Finals
Tourlestrane v Curry
Ballymote v Owenmore Gaels

Mayo SFC
Quarter Final Replay:  Ballintubber v Carramore Hollymount (Weds 11th Oct)
Semi Finals: Castlebar Mitchels v Garrymore (Sun 15th)
                   Claremorris v Ballintubber or Carramore?Hollymount (Sun 15th)

Mayo SHC
????

Mayo IFC
Semi Finals Sat 14th Oct
Kiltimagh v Louisburgh
Moy Davitts v Islandeady

Mayo JFC Final
Lahardane 2 11  Kilmaine 0 15

Draws for Connacht Football Club Championship

Senior Championship Quarter Final 4th November
Leitrim Champions v Mayo Champions

Senior Championship Semi Final 12th November
Roscommon Champions v Galway Champions
Quarter Final Winner v Sligo Champions

Senior Championship Final 26th November

Intermediate Championship Quarter Final 22th October
Leitrim Champions v Sligo Champions

Intermediate Championship Semi Final 5th November
Roscommon Champions v Mayo Champions
Quarter Final Winner v Galway Champions

Intermediate Championship Final 19th November

Junior Championship Quarter Final 22th October
Mayo Champions v Leitrim Champions

Junior Championship Semi Final 5th November
Sligo Champions v Roscommon Champions
Quarter Final Winner v Galway Champions

Junior Championship Final 19th November

Draws for Connacht Hurling Club Championship

Intermediate Championship Semi Final
Mayo Champions v Roscommon Champions

Intermediate Championship Final
Semi Final Winner v Galway Champions

Junior Championship Semi Final
Sligo Champions v Leitrim Champions

Intermediate Championship Final
Semi Final Winner v Galway Champions
Title: Re: Connacht Club Championships 2017 - Senior/Intermediate/Junior Football & Hurling
Post by: sligoman2 on October 10, 2017, 10:56:44 AM
Sligo SFC Final
St Mary's or Eastern Harps v Tourlestrane or Calry/St Joseph's or Tubbercurry.  Tourlestrane and Tubbercurry drew this past weekend


Sligo IFC
St John's v. St Farnan's. - A draw also this past weekend..
Title: Re: Connacht Club Championships 2017 - Senior/Intermediate/Junior Football & Hurling
Post by: GalwayBayBoy on October 10, 2017, 03:31:00 PM
Galway SFC final

Corofin v Mountbellew/Moylough

Galway IFC final

Williamstown v Kilkerrin/Clonberne or Claregalway

Galway JFC final

Clonbur v St Gabriel's
Title: Re: Connacht Club Championships 2017 - Senior/Intermediate/Junior Football & Hurling
Post by: galwayman on October 10, 2017, 03:37:33 PM
Surprised to see the neighbours Kilmaine beaten in the Mayo junior final at the weekend.
The Galway junior representatives in Connacht this year will be the weakest in a long time.
Neither has much of a chance of winning it.
Title: Re: Connacht Club Championships 2017 - Senior/Intermediate/Junior Football & Hurling
Post by: Tubberman on October 10, 2017, 04:09:19 PM
Surprised to see the neighbours Kilmaine beaten in the Mayo junior final at the weekend.
The Galway junior representatives in Connacht this year will be the weakest in a long time.
Neither has much of a chance of winning it.

Lahardane managed by one J Maughan.
Title: Re: Connacht Club Championships 2017 - Senior/Intermediate/Junior Football & Hurling
Post by: LooseCannon on October 10, 2017, 04:35:08 PM
Surprised to see the neighbours Kilmaine beaten in the Mayo junior final at the weekend.
The Galway junior representatives in Connacht this year will be the weakest in a long time.
Neither has much of a chance of winning it.

Clonbur have Declan Kyne.
I don't know of anyone who has ever played for Gabriel's
Title: Re: Connacht Club Championships 2017 - Senior/Intermediate/Junior Football & Hurling
Post by: Syferus on October 10, 2017, 04:43:07 PM
Surprised to see the neighbours Kilmaine beaten in the Mayo junior final at the weekend.
The Galway junior representatives in Connacht this year will be the weakest in a long time.
Neither has much of a chance of winning it.

Lahardane managed by one J Maughan.

I see he was wearing a compression shirt as a top on the sideline to show off his guns. Even the lack of a tan can't stop him strutting about like a peacock.
Title: Re: Connacht Club Championships 2017 - Senior/Intermediate/Junior Football & Hurling
Post by: mrhardyannual on October 10, 2017, 05:50:06 PM
Surprised to see the neighbours Kilmaine beaten in the Mayo junior final at the weekend.
The Galway junior representatives in Connacht this year will be the weakest in a long time.
Neither has much of a chance of winning it.

Lahardane managed by one J Maughan.
Having led an unfancied Lahardane to their first ever adult county title, he could have laid buck naked on a tanning bed on the sideline and no one in Lahardane would have objected !

I see he was wearing a compression shirt as a top on the sideline to show off his guns. Even the lack of a tan can't stop him strutting about like a peacock.
Title: Re: Connacht Club Championships 2017 - Senior/Intermediate/Junior Football & Hurling
Post by: MayoBuck on October 11, 2017, 09:49:06 PM
Ballintubber beat Hollymount/Carramore in their SFC quarter final replay tonight 0-18 to 1-9.

Semi Finals to be played on Sunday:
Castlebar v Garrymore
Claremorris v Ballintubber
Title: Re: Connacht Club Championships 2017 - Senior/Intermediate/Junior Football & Hurling
Post by: Cunny Funt on October 11, 2017, 10:12:59 PM
Ballintubber beat Hollymount/Carramore in their SFC quarter final replay tonight 0-18 to 1-9.

Semi Finals to be played on Sunday:
Castlebar v Garrymore
Claremorris v Ballintubber
Alan Dillion was MOTM tonight. It was odd he didn't see a few minutes on the field of play in the All Ireland final.
Title: Re: Connacht Club Championships 2017 - Senior/Intermediate/Junior Football & Hurling
Post by: MayoBuck on October 11, 2017, 10:18:50 PM
Ballintubber beat Hollymount/Carramore in their SFC quarter final replay tonight 0-18 to 1-9.

Semi Finals to be played on Sunday:
Castlebar v Garrymore
Claremorris v Ballintubber
Alan Dillion was MOTM tonight. It was odd he didn't see a few minutes on the field of play in the All Ireland final.

Always easy to say that in hindsight. He made a few sub appearances earlier in the championship and looked well off the pace.

Played brilliant stuff tonight though - 5 points and pulled the strings throughout
Title: Re: Connacht Club Championships 2017 - Senior/Intermediate/Junior Football & Hurling
Post by: Duine Eile on October 11, 2017, 10:20:47 PM
Ballintubber beat Hollymount/Carramore in their SFC quarter final replay tonight 0-18 to 1-9.

Semi Finals to be played on Sunday:
Castlebar v Garrymore
Claremorris v Ballintubber

Was Cillian O'Connor sent off on 2 yellows or was it straight red?
Title: Re: Connacht Club Championships 2017 - Senior/Intermediate/Junior Football & Hurling
Post by: Syferus on October 11, 2017, 10:23:11 PM
Ballintubber beat Hollymount/Carramore in their SFC quarter final replay tonight 0-18 to 1-9.

Semi Finals to be played on Sunday:
Castlebar v Garrymore
Claremorris v Ballintubber
Alan Dillion was MOTM tonight. It was odd he didn't see a few minutes on the field of play in the All Ireland final.

Always easy to say that in hindsight. He made a few sub appearances earlier in the championship and looked well off the pace.

Played brilliant stuff tonight though - 5 points and pulled the strings throughout

Anyone who has seen Dillion’s last few appearences for Mayo will know how not-odd his omissions have been. A great servant for his county but he was done at the same time Horan was.
Title: Re: Connacht Club Championships 2017 - Senior/Intermediate/Junior Football & Hurling
Post by: MayoBuck on October 11, 2017, 10:23:48 PM
Ballintubber beat Hollymount/Carramore in their SFC quarter final replay tonight 0-18 to 1-9.

Semi Finals to be played on Sunday:
Castlebar v Garrymore
Claremorris v Ballintubber

Was Cillian O'Connor sent off on 2 yellows or was it straight red?

2 yellows so no suspension.

The second one was mistaken identity as well!!
Title: Re: Connacht Club Championships 2017 - Senior/Intermediate/Junior Football & Hurling
Post by: Duine Eile on October 11, 2017, 10:32:11 PM
Ballintubber beat Hollymount/Carramore in their SFC quarter final replay tonight 0-18 to 1-9.

Semi Finals to be played on Sunday:
Castlebar v Garrymore
Claremorris v Ballintubber

Was Cillian O'Connor sent off on 2 yellows or was it straight red?

2 yellows so no suspension.

The second one was mistaken identity as well!!

 Tom Flynn and Gareth Bradshaw might say that's karma! 😉
Title: Re: Connacht Club Championships 2017 - Senior/Intermediate/Junior Football & Hurling
Post by: Owenmoresider on October 12, 2017, 09:15:49 AM
Ballintubber beat Hollymount/Carramore in their SFC quarter final replay tonight 0-18 to 1-9.

Semi Finals to be played on Sunday:
Castlebar v Garrymore
Claremorris v Ballintubber
Another Castlebar/Ballintubber borefest on the way I presume.
Title: Re: Connacht Club Championships 2017 - Senior/Intermediate/Junior Football & Hurling
Post by: mouview on October 12, 2017, 04:17:38 PM
Galway Senior final on Sunday. Corofin going for 5-in-a-row v Mountbellew/Moylough going for their first since 1986. (Lost their last 2 finals in 2009 and 2 years ago). Corofin the obvious favourites but are showing aging signs and creaked their way past Annaghdown in the semi'. Some say that is their bad game out of the system but I don't necessarily agree. They're a long time on the road and, of their main forwards, Ml Farragher tended to play more out the field recently, Ian Burke was well held last day and Gary Sice just looked so tired and off-the-pace. M/M seem fresher and have been putting up fair scores in the past few rounds, always a good sign, and if they play to their own strengths are a good bet at 5/2 (PPs).
Title: Re: Connacht Club Championships 2017 - Senior/Intermediate/Junior Football & Hurling
Post by: seafoid on October 12, 2017, 05:19:02 PM
Galway Senior final on Sunday. Corofin going for 5-in-a-row v Mountbellew/Moylough going for their first since 1986. (Lost their last 2 finals in 2009 and 2 years ago). Corofin the obvious favourites but are showing aging signs and creaked their way past Annaghdown in the semi'. Some say that is their bad game out of the system but I don't necessarily agree. They're a long time on the road and, of their main forwards, Ml Farragher tended to play more out the field recently, Ian Burke was well held last day and Gary Sice just looked so tired and off-the-pace. M/M seem fresher and have been putting up fair scores in the past few rounds, always a good sign, and if they play to their own strengths are a good bet at 5/2 (PPs).
Who else do Mountbellew have apart from Michael Daly? Is Joe Bergen still.togging out?
Title: Re: Connacht Club Championships 2017 - Senior/Intermediate/Junior Football & Hurling
Post by: GalwayBayBoy on October 12, 2017, 07:45:15 PM
Galway Senior final on Sunday. Corofin going for 5-in-a-row v Mountbellew/Moylough going for their first since 1986. (Lost their last 2 finals in 2009 and 2 years ago). Corofin the obvious favourites but are showing aging signs and creaked their way past Annaghdown in the semi'. Some say that is their bad game out of the system but I don't necessarily agree. They're a long time on the road and, of their main forwards, Ml Farragher tended to play more out the field recently, Ian Burke was well held last day and Gary Sice just looked so tired and off-the-pace. M/M seem fresher and have been putting up fair scores in the past few rounds, always a good sign, and if they play to their own strengths are a good bet at 5/2 (PPs).
Who else do Mountbellew have apart from Michael Daly? Is Joe Bergen still.togging out?

Barry McHugh and Michael's brother John is back after serious injury last year and playing very well apparently. Joe Bergin is still togging out for them alright.
Title: Re: Connacht Club Championships 2017 - Senior/Intermediate/Junior Football & Hurling
Post by: GaillimhIarthair on October 12, 2017, 07:47:22 PM
Galway Senior final on Sunday. Corofin going for 5-in-a-row v Mountbellew/Moylough going for their first since 1986. (Lost their last 2 finals in 2009 and 2 years ago). Corofin the obvious favourites but are showing aging signs and creaked their way past Annaghdown in the semi'. Some say that is their bad game out of the system but I don't necessarily agree. They're a long time on the road and, of their main forwards, Ml Farragher tended to play more out the field recently, Ian Burke was well held last day and Gary Sice just looked so tired and off-the-pace. M/M seem fresher and have been putting up fair scores in the past few rounds, always a good sign, and if they play to their own strengths are a good bet at 5/2 (PPs).
Who else do Mountbellew have apart from Michael Daly? Is Joe Bergen still.togging out?
Yup, Bergin is still there and playing well as is Cathal Kenny.  John Daly and Barry McHugh would be two other notable players.  McHugh is an excellent free taker and has been a key man for MM so far in the championship.  Their a young team overall with about half of the starting 15 U21 but they have been very successful all the way up through underage and will give Corofin a right good rattle this weekend I think - hope they win it as we could do with a changing of the guard in senior football.
Title: Re: Connacht Club Championships 2017 - Senior/Intermediate/Junior Football & Hurling
Post by: johnneycool on October 13, 2017, 08:55:14 AM
Did Galway ever sort out that mess with Turloughmore and the illegal/maybe legal player yet?

Is it true that Portumna would be looking at a relegation game to remain in senior hurling depending on the outcome?
Title: Re: Connacht Club Championships 2017 - Senior/Intermediate/Junior Football & Hurling
Post by: Owenmoresider on October 13, 2017, 09:34:22 AM
Did Galway ever sort out that mess with Turloughmore and the illegal/maybe legal player yet?

Is it true that Portumna would be looking at a relegation game to remain in senior hurling depending on the outcome?
DRA sorted it earlier this week, Turloughmore lose the points and Portumna go through. Playing Castlegar this weekend.
Title: Re: Connacht Club Championships 2017 - Senior/Intermediate/Junior Football & Hurling
Post by: GalwayBayBoy on October 13, 2017, 02:33:58 PM
Did Galway ever sort out that mess with Turloughmore and the illegal/maybe legal player yet?

Is it true that Portumna would be looking at a relegation game to remain in senior hurling depending on the outcome?

DRA ruled against Turloughmore. Portumna through to the preliminary quarter-finals this weekend. Winners go through to the real quarter-finals after.

St Thomas v Killimordaly
Portumna v Castlegar
Tommy Larkins v Clarinbridge
Cappataggle v Kilnadeema-Leitrim
Title: Re: Connacht Club Championships 2017 - Senior/Intermediate/Junior Football & Hurling
Post by: GaillimhIarthair on October 15, 2017, 06:00:51 PM
Corofin comfortably beat Mountbellew Moylough this afternoon.  Totally dominant from first to last minute and the game was over as a contest when they got 2 excellent goals early in the second half despite being down to 14 men - Cathal Silke with a straight red late in the first half.  Joe Bergin also got the line late in the second half.  That's 5 in a row now for Corofin and despite their scare in the semi, they are still a step ahead of everyone else in Galway at the minute. 
Title: Re: Connacht Club Championships 2017 - Senior/Intermediate/Junior Football & Hurling
Post by: Syferus on October 15, 2017, 06:03:35 PM
It’s comforting to know that, despite all the turmoil and change in the world, Joe Bergin is still Joe Bergin.

Brigids B hammered Kilglass Gaels in the Junior final here while Glaveys beat Fuerty by two points for their second Inter title in three years in a cracker.
Title: Re: Connacht Club Championships 2017 - Senior/Intermediate/Junior Football & Hurling
Post by: Rossfan on October 15, 2017, 07:17:45 PM
Kilglass will hardly have much stomach for a Connacht Championship after that.
Time to split Brigids!!
Title: Re: Connacht Club Championships 2017 - Senior/Intermediate/Junior Football & Hurling
Post by: MayoBuck on October 15, 2017, 10:11:42 PM
Ballintubber eased into the Mayo SFC final next weekend beating Claremorris 3-16 to 2-9. That scoreline probably flatters Claremorris being honest as Tubber took Diarmuid O'Connor and Alan Dillon off early in the 2nd half and became quite disjointed afterwards. Castlebar and Garrymore finished in a draw, 1-11 a piece. Replay scheduled for Wednesday at 8pm so the winners will be at a big disadvantage for the final.

In the Intermediate Championship, Kiltimagh and Moy Davitts will contest the final next week after beating Louisburgh and Islandeady respectively.
Title: Re: Connacht Club Championships 2017 - Senior/Intermediate/Junior Football & Hurling
Post by: macdanger2 on October 15, 2017, 10:57:00 PM
while Glaveys beat Fuerty by two points for their second Inter title in three years in a cracker.

Does that mean they won inter & got promoted in 2015, got relegated in 2016 and won inter again this year? Or how does promotion / relegation work there?
Title: Re: Connacht Club Championships 2017 - Senior/Intermediate/Junior Football & Hurling
Post by: Rossfan on October 15, 2017, 11:00:51 PM
Yes they went up-down and now up again.
Syfīn's club when he's not supporting Brigids :P
Title: Re: Connacht Club Championships 2017 - Senior/Intermediate/Junior Football & Hurling
Post by: Syferus on October 15, 2017, 11:18:20 PM
while Glaveys beat Fuerty by two points for their second Inter title in three years in a cracker.

Does that mean they won inter & got promoted in 2015, got relegated in 2016 and won inter again this year? Or how does promotion / relegation work there?

Ya, exactly that. The championships are split into groups of six (A and B), where the top four in A after the group stage go to the knockout stages while the top two in B join them. The bottom two in A get relegated to the B group the next year. The bottom two in B play a relegation play-off to decide who goes down. The newly promoted team goes into the B group in the grade above the following year. So if you totally tank a year in the A group you can't actually be relegated, but you'll only ever get there by merit anyways. The structure was changed a few years ago based on recommendations by a review committee chaired by Kevin McStay, and has worked pretty well so far.

Glaveys v Kiltimagh/Moy Davitts should be an interesting match-up as Glaveys have experience with this from two years ago and look better set up to be competitive in Connacht than they were then.
Title: Re: Connacht Club Championships 2017 - Senior/Intermediate/Junior Football & Hurling
Post by: sligoman2 on October 16, 2017, 07:50:05 AM
It’s Tourlestrane v Eastern harps in the senior final after Tourlestrane beat Tubbercurry handily in the replay.
Inter champs are Saint Johns after overcoming a 5 Point half time deficit to beat st Farnans by 5
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Title: Re: Connacht Club Championships 2017 - Senior/Intermediate/Junior Football & Hurling
Post by: Maroon Manc on October 16, 2017, 10:12:10 AM
Thought MM would give Corofin more of a game, obviously the semi final was a wake up call. MM probably would have more joy if they'd drawn them in the semi.

Title: Re: Connacht Club Championships 2017 - Senior/Intermediate/Junior Football & Hurling
Post by: GaillimhIarthair on October 16, 2017, 10:24:23 AM
Thought MM would give Corofin more of a game, obviously the semi final was a wake up call. MM probably would have more joy if they'd drawn them in the semi.
MM were just not physically strong enough to cope with Corofin - they were dominated in most sectors of the pitch.  Strange why MM decided to play against the wind even though they won the toss and playing one of their better forwards around the middle didn't make a whole pile of sense to me anyway!  To be honest, I think it would have made little difference such was the mood of Corofin yesterday.
Title: Re: Connacht Club Championships 2017 - Senior/Intermediate/Junior Football & Hurling
Post by: Cunny Funt on October 16, 2017, 02:42:03 PM
Thought MM would give Corofin more of a game, obviously the semi final was a wake up call. MM probably would have more joy if they'd drawn them in the semi.

Or maybe Annaghdown are a  better team than Mounbellew-Moylough especially defensively?
Title: Re: Connacht Club Championships 2017 - Senior/Intermediate/Junior Football & Hurling
Post by: Duine Eile on October 16, 2017, 04:10:43 PM
Thought MM would give Corofin more of a game, obviously the semi final was a wake up call. MM probably would have more joy if they'd drawn them in the semi.

Or maybe Annaghdown are a  better team than Mounbellew-Moylough especially defensively?

After seeing the game yesterday I'd agree Annaghdown are a better team than MM, now Corofin were outstanding yesterday, a completely different team to the day they played Annaghdown but MM were disappointing. Presuming Brigids are favourites for the Roscommon championship they'll be out for revenge if they get to meet them on 12th November. Corofin were very impressive though, they'll be hard to stop in Connacht anyway.
Title: Re: Connacht Club Championships 2017 - Senior/Intermediate/Junior Football & Hurling
Post by: Syferus on October 16, 2017, 04:25:07 PM
Thought MM would give Corofin more of a game, obviously the semi final was a wake up call. MM probably would have more joy if they'd drawn them in the semi.

Or maybe Annaghdown are a  better team than Mounbellew-Moylough especially defensively?

After seeing the game yesterday I'd agree Annaghdown are a better team than MM, now Corofin were outstanding yesterday, a completely different team to the day they played Annaghdown but MM were disappointing. Presuming Brigids are favourites for the Roscommon championship they'll be out for revenge if they get to meet them on 12th November. Corofin were very impressive though, they'll be hard to stop in Connacht anyway.

Unlike Corofin, Brigids are in full rebuild mode. The B team that won junior easily was mostly U23 players, so they’re using the B side to develop players for the senior team, which is now filled with a lot of young lads itself. Leaders like Frankie, Mango, the AI-wining captain Gearoid Cunniffe and others are now gone. The captain of the B team was actually Robbie Kelly, a member of the AI-winning side. The biggest addition from last year would be that Peter Domican has returned from Dubai and looks to be back to his best.

They hammered their opponents in the senior final by about 25 points in the group stages a few weeks ago, and while that was partly to do with Brigids needing the win and Gaels already being quailified, it’s hard to see them overturning Brigids a few weeks later.
Title: Re: Connacht Club Championships 2017 - Senior/Intermediate/Junior Football & Hurling
Post by: Maroon Manc on October 18, 2017, 11:10:27 AM
Thought MM would give Corofin more of a game, obviously the semi final was a wake up call. MM probably would have more joy if they'd drawn them in the semi.

Or maybe Annaghdown are a  better team than Mounbellew-Moylough especially defensively?

After seeing the game yesterday I'd agree Annaghdown are a better team than MM, now Corofin were outstanding yesterday, a completely different team to the day they played Annaghdown but MM were disappointing. Presuming Brigids are favourites for the Roscommon championship they'll be out for revenge if they get to meet them on 12th November. Corofin were very impressive though, they'll be hard to stop in Connacht anyway.

Serious strength in depth for Corofin, Daithi Burke and 2 U21's who played in an All Ireland final all on the bench. Its not hard to see why their strong favourites for the province.

Is the Mayo final this weekend? Not much rest for the winner of tonights reply if it is.
Title: Re: Connacht Club Championships 2017 - Senior/Intermediate/Junior Football & Hurling
Post by: Geoff Tipps on October 18, 2017, 11:22:23 AM
Thought MM would give Corofin more of a game, obviously the semi final was a wake up call. MM probably would have more joy if they'd drawn them in the semi.

Or maybe Annaghdown are a  better team than Mounbellew-Moylough especially defensively?

After seeing the game yesterday I'd agree Annaghdown are a better team than MM, now Corofin were outstanding yesterday, a completely different team to the day they played Annaghdown but MM were disappointing. Presuming Brigids are favourites for the Roscommon championship they'll be out for revenge if they get to meet them on 12th November. Corofin were very impressive though, they'll be hard to stop in Connacht anyway.

Serious strength in depth for Corofin, Daithi Burke and 2 U21's who played in an All Ireland final all on the bench. Its not hard to see why their strong favourites for the province.

Is the Mayo final this weekend? Not much rest for the winner of tonights reply if it is.

Yes
Title: Re: Connacht Club Championships 2017 - Senior/Intermediate/Junior Football & Hurling
Post by: mrhardyannual on October 18, 2017, 01:53:53 PM
Mayo Senior Hurling Final
Sat 21st Oct 4pm      Venue: Tooreen     Ballyhaunis V Tooreen

Mayo Intermediate Football Final
Sun 22nd Oct 1.30 pm    Venue: Elvery's McHale Park, Castlebar        Kiltimagh  v  Moy Davitt's

Mayo Senior Football Final
Sun 22nd Oct 3.30pm      Venue: Elvery's McHale Park Castlebar        Ballintubber v Castlebar Mitchel's orGarrymore
Title: Re: Connacht Club Championships 2017 - Senior/Intermediate/Junior Football & Hurling
Post by: Owenmoresider on October 18, 2017, 02:02:53 PM
Senior football and hurling finals on in Sligo on Sunday, Calry v Western Gaels in hurling and Tourlestrane v Eastern Harps football. Calry and Tourlestrane should retain their titles, nothing new for Calry but it'll be historic in the football as no team has won back-to-back senior titles since St. Pat's in 1988 & 89.

The Junior football final is on Saturday with Tourlestrane also involved against Ballymote. Ballymote might have it tight but should win and make a quick return to intermediate, they will be in Connacht either way.
Title: Re: Connacht Club Championships 2017 - Senior/Intermediate/Junior Football & Hurling
Post by: mrhardyannual on October 18, 2017, 10:24:05 PM
Mayo Senior Hurling Final
Sat 21st Oct 4pm      Venue: Tooreen     Ballyhaunis V Tooreen

Mayo Intermediate Football Final
Sun 22nd Oct 1.30 pm    Venue: Elvery's McHale Park, Castlebar        Kiltimagh  v  Moy Davitt's

Mayo Senior Football Final
Sun 22nd Oct 3.30pm      Venue: Elvery's McHale Park Castlebar        Ballintubber v Castlebar Mitchel's orGarrymore
Title: Re: Connacht Club Championships 2017 - Senior/Intermediate/Junior Football & Hurling
Post by: Cunny Funt on October 19, 2017, 02:06:02 AM
Mayo club championship reduced to farce


 Last night, Castlebar Mitchels played Garrymore in the Mayo senior football championship semi-final. In three days’ time, the winners of that game will play a county final. Waiting for them will be Ballintubber, who eight days ago faced Hollymount-Carramore in a quarter-final replay, before beating Claremorris in their semi-final last Sunday.

And all this mad rush to ensure that, allowing a week for a replay if the final ends in a draw, Mayo have a representative in the Connacht club championship to face Leitrim champions Mohill on November 4th.

To say this is a ridiculous state of affairs is to state the obvious. Maybe Mayo’s ten-game run through the 2017 championship explains it, and maybe it doesn’t, but either way the idea that so many club players have to travel from Galway or from Dublin, as would have been the case for players on all four teams asked to play the biggest game of their year under lights in the middle of the week, is pretty shabby.

The Mayo champions will either beat Mohill, or they won’t on November 4th. But the fact that the efforts of all the club players in Mayo are demeaned by being asked to play such important games on a Wednesday night, to facilitate the Connacht club championship never ceases to amaze.

Ballintubber have never won a Connacht club title, but they’ve only ever won three Mayo championships. Maybe they’ll care about the Connacht club championship, but maybe that’ll only happen when they get there and they’re finished celebrating.

The provincial club championships can be glorious, can provide us with some brilliant games, and keep us all entertained in the winter if you can’t face the Premier League or the rugby, but let’s keep some perspective, please.

For club players of every stripe, your county championship is the blue riband. It’s the be-all and end-all. It needs to be treated as such.

The Connacht Council set a date in their diary for the first round of their provincial club championship, and just like that, the Mayo County board has to scramble madly to have a team for that date.

This is putting the cart before the horse on a grand scale – it’s telling David Lean to hurry up and chop 75 minutes off Lawrence of Arabia to ensure it fits on a double-bill with a Hammer horror movie.
Serial winners

There are a number of football clubs in the entire country for whom the provincial and All-Ireland club championships are a major goal – Corofin; Castlebar Mitchels; St Brigid’s; Kilcoo, given the regularity with which they win the Down county championship; Slaughtneil; Crossmaglen, until recently; Dr Crokes; Portlaoise; Rhode; St Vincent’s. Am I forgetting anyone?

And what unites all these clubs is that they’re all serial winners. Their county championship only has reduced meaning for them because they keep winning it. For everyone else the county final is the date in the diary that has real meaning.

The chance to prove yourself the best team in the province is a nice challenge, and if you were to go on a run and win a few games, well that would be great too. But defeat is never too bitter a pill to swallow, because let’s face it – from the minute you won your county final, you were in bonus territory.

County boards should never unduly hasten their county championships to facilitate those nine or ten clubs who care about what comes next – in fact, it’s madness to think that they ever would in the first place.

The only people put out by not starting the provincial club championships until all of the county finals are finished, are the winners of the other county championships – and those lads are happy enough.

Wait until you have all the teams are ready to play, and then play every game to a finish – as many periods of extra-time as required, or a free-taking competition – but no draws, and three or four weekends would see all the provincial competitions taken care of.

If that means some of the provincial championships have to be finished in January, then so be it – I would have far less of a problem with that than with what is going on in Mayo at the moment. Those teams who would have to wait until after Christmas for defeat to come their way in the provincial championship would still have their county medals. All the losers will have from last night are regrets.

Playing county semi-finals on a Wednesday evening in late October, and then asking the winners to line out in a county final four days later, is unconscionable. It demeans the idea of the county championship for no good reason.


https://www.irishtimes.com/sport/gaelic-games/ciar%C3%A1n-murphy-mayo-club-championship-reduced-to-farce-1.3261096
Title: Re: Connacht Club Championships 2017 - Senior/Intermediate/Junior Football & Hurling
Post by: Syferus on October 19, 2017, 02:49:29 AM
Some utter nonsense there. It's Mayo's own fault they couldn't finish their championship in a more professional manner, and to suggest the other four counties in Connacht should put the provincial championships on hold is so cross-eyed in its thinking I'm a little staggered it was published in the Times by what I can only assume is a professional journalist. With the ultimate goal of being able to run off both the provincial and All-Ireland club championships in the same calendar year, the suggestion the provincial championship be pushed back because one county has shat the bed is retrograde thinking in the extreme. The only solution is Mayo re-organising their championship so more rounds are played in the lull after the league, or rounds are played in the middle of the championship. The solution offered is, simply put, not a tenable one. He even seriously suggests a provincial club match be decided via a free kick competition..!

This makes the worst excesses of Martin Breheny pale, to be honest.
Title: Re: Connacht Club Championships 2017 - Senior/Intermediate/Junior Football & Hurling
Post by: magpie seanie on October 19, 2017, 09:00:06 AM
Senior football and hurling finals on in Sligo on Sunday, Calry v Western Gaels in hurling and Tourlestrane v Eastern Harps football. Calry and Tourlestrane should retain their titles, nothing new for Calry but it'll be historic in the football as no team has won back-to-back senior titles since St. Pat's in 1988 & 89.

The Junior football final is on Saturday with Tourlestrane also involved against Ballymote. Ballymote might have it tight but should win and make a quick return to intermediate, they will be in Connacht either way.


I'd agree with all that except I think Western Gaels have a great chance in the hurling. Hard to see Harps beating Tourlestrane. Tubber the first day was the time to beat Tourlestrane.....they're up to full pace now and will probably win comfortably.
Title: Re: Connacht Club Championships 2017 - Senior/Intermediate/Junior Football & Hurling
Post by: mrhardyannual on October 19, 2017, 04:06:05 PM
Mayo club championship reduced to farce


 Last night, Castlebar Mitchels played Garrymore in the Mayo senior football championship semi-final. In three days’ time, the winners of that game will play a county final. Waiting for them will be Ballintubber, who eight days ago faced Hollymount-Carramore in a quarter-final replay, before beating Claremorris in their semi-final last Sunday.

And all this mad rush to ensure that, allowing a week for a replay if the final ends in a draw, Mayo have a representative in the Connacht club championship to face Leitrim champions Mohill on November 4th.

To say this is a ridiculous state of affairs is to state the obvious. Maybe Mayo’s ten-game run through the 2017 championship explains it, and maybe it doesn’t, but either way the idea that so many club players have to travel from Galway or from Dublin, as would have been the case for players on all four teams asked to play the biggest game of their year under lights in the middle of the week, is pretty shabby.

The Mayo champions will either beat Mohill, or they won’t on November 4th. But the fact that the efforts of all the club players in Mayo are demeaned by being asked to play such important games on a Wednesday night, to facilitate the Connacht club championship never ceases to amaze.

Ballintubber have never won a Connacht club title, but they’ve only ever won three Mayo championships. Maybe they’ll care about the Connacht club championship, but maybe that’ll only happen when they get there and they’re finished celebrating.

The provincial club championships can be glorious, can provide us with some brilliant games, and keep us all entertained in the winter if you can’t face the Premier League or the rugby, but let’s keep some perspective, please.

For club players of every stripe, your county championship is the blue riband. It’s the be-all and end-all. It needs to be treated as such.

The Connacht Council set a date in their diary for the first round of their provincial club championship, and just like that, the Mayo County board has to scramble madly to have a team for that date.

This is putting the cart before the horse on a grand scale – it’s telling David Lean to hurry up and chop 75 minutes off Lawrence of Arabia to ensure it fits on a double-bill with a Hammer horror movie.
Serial winners

There are a number of football clubs in the entire country for whom the provincial and All-Ireland club championships are a major goal – Corofin; Castlebar Mitchels; St Brigid’s; Kilcoo, given the regularity with which they win the Down county championship; Slaughtneil; Crossmaglen, until recently; Dr Crokes; Portlaoise; Rhode; St Vincent’s. Am I forgetting anyone?

And what unites all these clubs is that they’re all serial winners. Their county championship only has reduced meaning for them because they keep winning it. For everyone else the county final is the date in the diary that has real meaning.

The chance to prove yourself the best team in the province is a nice challenge, and if you were to go on a run and win a few games, well that would be great too. But defeat is never too bitter a pill to swallow, because let’s face it – from the minute you won your county final, you were in bonus territory.

County boards should never unduly hasten their county championships to facilitate those nine or ten clubs who care about what comes next – in fact, it’s madness to think that they ever would in the first place.

The only people put out by not starting the provincial club championships until all of the county finals are finished, are the winners of the other county championships – and those lads are happy enough.

Wait until you have all the teams are ready to play, and then play every game to a finish – as many periods of extra-time as required, or a free-taking competition – but no draws, and three or four weekends would see all the provincial competitions taken care of.

If that means some of the provincial championships have to be finished in January, then so be it – I would have far less of a problem with that than with what is going on in Mayo at the moment. Those teams who would have to wait until after Christmas for defeat to come their way in the provincial championship would still have their county medals. All the losers will have from last night are regrets.

Playing county semi-finals on a Wednesday evening in late October, and then asking the winners to line out in a county final four days later, is unconscionable. It demeans the idea of the county championship for no good reason.


https://www.irishtimes.com/sport/gaelic-games/ciar%C3%A1n-murphy-mayo-club-championship-reduced-to-farce-1.3261096
I find myself in total agreement with Syferus on this one. The 10 games run of the Mayo Senior team was not the cause of this fiasco, rather it was was the crazy decision not to play the final round-robin game of the club championship earlier in the season. We have prided ourselves on our fixture programme in Mayo and have had our finals played off much earlier even in 96 after a replayed All Ireland. County teams shouldn't be allowed to encroach any further on club games. Clubs have only themselves to blame for this as they voted to postpone a round. As long as they continue to send sheep to county board meetings it won't change.

As an aside, there have been incredible crowds in McHale Park on the last two Weds evenings. Friday night and Saturday county night matches have proven very popular up to this but the crowd for stand alone club games were amazing. The number of neutrals from within Mayo was remarkable not to mention the north-Galway contingent. Allowing for the difficulty in having players travel who are working or in college in Dublin there is food for thought there.