Ardnaree end four decade wait in style

Sun, Oct 18, 2015

When a game ends with such a comprehensive a gap between the sides, all there is to do is to sit back and marvel at the performance of the victors. For Ardnaree, it’s been a long 44 year wait since they last claimed the Mayo junior title. There have been plenty of close misses over the years since then, no more than in the past decade where they have had to head back to their enclave on the north side of the Moy after tasting defeat in the 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2013 finals.

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Hollymount-Carramore make it back to the big time

Sun, Oct 18, 2015

It wasn’t a classic, by any means, but Hollymount-Carramore won’t care a thing about that. When they hit the training field on the cold and wet nights in south Mayo at the start of this year, there was only one objective in their minds and they achieved that in MacHale Park on Sunday. After being on the losing side in last years final, they were determined to put that wrong to right and they did that with a hard working performance.

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A feast of sport and a turn up for the books

Fri, Oct 16, 2015

What a feast of sport we had last Sunday. Two quality performances by Breaffy and Castlebar in the Mayo championship semifinals followed by as gutsy a performance as you are likely to see by the Irish Rugby team, only to be deflated by the Republic of Ireland soccer team failing to gain automatic qualification for the Euros when they were defeated by Poland.

I know it did not take a rocket scientist to decide to bring the Mayo semifinals forward but whoever did make the decision boosted the crowd in McHale Park by a few hundred people at the very least as the country is gone rugby mad, and anyone with sport in the bloodstream was certainly not going to miss Ireland’s much anticipated game with France.

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Breaffy lay down a statement of intent

Mon, Oct 12, 2015

If Breaffy are going to claim their first ever senior county title, they are certainly going to earn it. After topping a group that included fellow semi-finalists Knockmore, they saw off arguably the fourth best team in the county in Garrymore in their quarter-final win. On Sunday they backed that up with a steamrolling of the defending county champions Ballintubber to set up a final on the bank holiday weekend against fellow local rivals Castlebar Mitchels. This will be a repeat of the 2013 final between the sides, with a few little angles thrown into the mix.

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Mitchels see off Knockmore in high scoring encounter

Mon, Oct 12, 2015

It’ll be a red v blue final in MacHale Park in a fortnights time after Castlebar Mitchels secured their place in the county senior decider for the fifth time since 2010 on Sunday afternoon with a solid display against Knockmore.

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A week is a long time in football

Fri, Oct 09, 2015

Mayo are on the look out for a new senior football manager after the inevitable resigning of joint managers Pat Holmes and Noel Connelly last Friday night. It was a somewhat embarrassing saga in the Mayo GAA family that such an event occurred. By the time Noel and Pat resigned I had simply had enough. I was so drained from talking about it and anxiously waiting for any developments that I was relieved there was closure.

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Familiar faces square off again in hurling decider

Fri, Oct 09, 2015

The Mayo hurling fraternity will be out in force on Sunday afternoon, when the latest chapter in one of the greatest battles of the ages is written in east Mayo. The meeting of these two near neighbours in the county decider has become an annual event in recent times, with the hosts on Sunday having the upper hand in recent years. Tooreen may be the grandaddies of the game in the county with 27 titles under their belts, but Ballyhaunis are most certainly the team of this millennium, having won all of their 10 titles since 2002.In that time span they have put together a three-in-a-row run and more impressively a five-in-a-row sequence stretching from 2008 through to 2012. The team that stopped them making it six-in-a-row was, of course, Tooreen who claimed their first title in 10 years in 2013 with a memorable 4-10 to 1-6 win in Ballyhaunis.

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Senior final spots up for grabs

Fri, Oct 09, 2015

Breaffy v Ballintubber

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Five of the best for Knockmore

Sun, Oct 04, 2015

Knockmore made the short tip from the shores of Lough Conn into Ballina on Saturday evening and went back home with a place in next Sunday’s senior football semi-final in their back pocket. Next time out they will be looking to put to bed the nightmare that was last years semi-final appearance when Ballintubber put nine in the back of their net at the last four stage.

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The Neale hit new heights with powerful display

Sun, Oct 04, 2015

Just three years on from claiming their first ever adult county title in their then 110 year history when they won a dramatic junior final, after extra time and in a replay. The Neale who have a pyramid on their club crest, took another step on the Mayo GAA pyramid when they booked their place in this years intermediate championship final.

This was no smash and grab raid against a much more vaunted side, this was a victory won in swashbuckling style with their full forward line of Paddy Hopkins, Sean Cosgrove and Aidan O’Sullivan tormenting the Moy Davitts rearguard all day long. That trio were well backed by the likes of the Steven Conroy whose all action running display, cut through the heart of the Moy Davitts defence with clockwork regularity, while Simon Ryan and Robert Holian were both equally impressive.

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Coen stars as Hollymount-Carramore make it back to intermediate decider

Sun, Oct 04, 2015

Darren Coen was the star attraction as Hollymount-Carramore sealed their spot in this years intermediate championship final, the South Mayo sides attacker hit a rich vein of form kicking eight points over the hour.

Of course it wasn’t just one player to the fore, both Kevin and Ian Costello put in big shifts for the winners with Stephen Coen also putting himself about very well over the course of the contest, back boning a win that now sets up an all south Mayo final in a fortnights time.

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Holmes and Connelly step down from hot seat

Fri, Oct 02, 2015

Mayo are on the look out for a new senior manager after the resignation of Pat Holmes and Noel Connelly this evening (Friday, October 2). The decision of the pair to step down brings to an end a week of intense speculation around the county after it emerged that the senior panel had at a meeting voted no confidence in the management after just one year in charge of the senior side.

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