Mitchels still the men to beat ahead of semi-finals

Fri, Oct 13, 2017

After Wednesday night's win for Ballintubber over Hollymount-Carramore, we now know the four sides who will be competing in Sunday's semi-finals of the Mayo senior football championship. Defending champions Castlebar Mitchels still look the team to beat after their win over last year's finalists Knockmore. They haven't hit full tilt yet but they are still the leading lights in the county at the minute, but their opponents on Sunday Garrymore will have plenty to say about it before the game is over in MacHale Park.

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Saturday showdowns to get final pairing

Fri, Oct 13, 2017

All roads lead to Ballina tomorrow for what promises to be two real battles, with a place in the Mayo Intermediate Football Championship final up for grabs. The action gets under way at 2.45pm with the meeting of last year's beaten intermediate finalists Kiltimagh and last year's Mayo and Connacht junior champions Louisburgh.

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Well that didn't go as we expected

Fri, Oct 13, 2017

The Mayo Senior championship quarter finals threw up a couple of eye catching results over last weekend. It was the first time ever that the four group winners failed to win their quarter finals, although Ballintubber did get through to the semi-final at the second time of asking after Wednesday night's replay with Hollymount- Carramore.

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No quarter to be given in senior championship this weekend

Fri, Oct 06, 2017

And then there were eight, the field in the race for the Moclair Cup was cut in half last weekend with the final round of group games deciding whose season is still on track for a crack at the Mayo GAA senior championship, and for others it is about avoiding relegation to intermediate championship for next year.

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Intermediate shoot-out on Sunday

Fri, Oct 06, 2017

The battle to be the next intermediate champions heats up on Sunday as the championship reaches the quarterfinal stage, with eight teams left battling it out to follow in the footsteps of last year's champions Westport.

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Battle for McDonnell Cup to savour on Sunday

Fri, Oct 06, 2017

This promises to be something special on Sunday, we got it wrong last weekend when we picked Balla to see off Lahardane and book their spot in Sunday's semifinal — John Maughan's men hit Balla with everything they had and were deserving eight point winners. They never let Balla settle and against the wind they went in leading by two points, in the second half they really upped the ante and outscored their opponents by 2-7 to 1-2, after they had been pulled level five minutes into the second half, with sub Cormac Reilly netting two goals in the final quarter of the game.

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Back to reality with a bang in the club championship

Fri, Oct 06, 2017

It was back to the harsh reality for Mayo players last weekend as they played in the final group games of the championship for their clubs. It is not the easiest thing to motivate yourself for — a club game after what they have been through, as most if not all of them will take a long time to get over the heartbreak of the All-Ireland final. It is a weird scenario. People from opposing clubs who were screaming from the rafters for you two weeks previous now see you as the panto villain, while club players playing against you would like nothing more than to have a cut at you, to take you down a peg or two, knowing you will be in a relatively fragile state of mind. For some the club is a great distraction especially if their club has a chance of winning silverware or making it through to the next round. For others it is a burden having to play when you know your team is going nowhere.

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Elite eight get ready to clash this weekend

Mon, Oct 02, 2017

After one of the busiest weekends in the club calendar last weekend the quarter-finalists in the Mayo GAA senior championships are now known. The defending champions Castlebar Mitchels who were pushed into second place in their group after a Ballina Stephenites saw them off 3-8 to 1-10 last weekend - will face Knockmore in the last eight on Saturday in Ballina at 5pm in a repeat of last years county final. Knockmore were handed the toughest draw of all the table toppers when Mitchels slipped into second place in the table thanks to efforts of Evan Regan and Ciaran Tracey who finished up with 1-3 each in Ballina’s surprise win. Knockmore made it three wins from three in their group with a comfortable 2-11 to 1-9 win over Westport in Castlebar, with Peter Naughton hitting six points for them.

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Heartbreak for brave ladies

Fri, Sep 29, 2017

It was double heartbreak for Mayo's senior football teams after last weekend as our ladies fell at the final hurdle to Dublin in the LGFA final last Sunday in Croke Park. This was a keenly contested game for long periods however three yellow cards over the duration of the game, at one stage leaving Mayo down to 13 players, proved to be the telling factor as Mayo were literally out on their feet at the full time whistle.

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All down for decision this weekend in senior championship

Fri, Sep 29, 2017

It's back to the cut and thrust of action in the Mayo GAA senior club championship for the first time in over three months this weekend. While the junior championship has been moving along in the background and the semi-final stages down for decision this weekend, it has been long summer without championship action for the 16 senior clubs.

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Final spots up for grabs on Sunday in junior championship

Fri, Sep 29, 2017

On Sunday in MacHale Park the junior semifinals of the Mayo GAA championship will be played as a double header with the action getting under way at 2pm, with the meeting of Kilmaine and Ballycastle. The north Mayo men booked their place in the final four last Saturday night when they saw off Kilmeena in a quarterfinal replay by five points in terrible weather conditions, their opponents booked their spot in the final four with a big  3-16 to 1-9 quarterfinal win over Killala a few weeks ago.

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No room for error this weekend in intermediate grade

Fri, Sep 29, 2017

The only thing for certain in the intermediate championship ahead of this weekend's games is that Parke will be in the last eight. The west Mayo men have two wins from two in group one against serious opposition in the form of Ballyhaunis and Belmullet, and they will face another unbeaten side in the shape of Ardnaree in Knockmore on Sunday at 2pm.

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