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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.
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.
The Maigh Cuilinn footballers were too strong for a hard-working Athenry outfit last Sunday at Pearse Stadium in the county intermediate football final.
Reigning Galway junior champions Valeo of Tuam retained their county title with a convincing 4-14 to 1-9 victory over Avaya in the Galway final played in Corofin.
Amid the hurling action taking place off the field over the past five days, the real action continues on the field of play this weekend in the county senior quarter-finals.
Corinthians gained their first win in Cloonacauneen Park on Saturday afternoon with a 19-12 victory over Thomond in the Ulster Bank League division 2A.
Galway WFC and Peamount will meet again for the third weekend in a row, this time in Dublin for the first league game of the season.
Galwegians stunned current All Ireland League champions Lansdowne with a five-try bonus point 41-20 victory at Crowley Park on Saturday.