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While they are far better known for their small ball game, the black and amber Cats from Kilkenny are standing in Mayo's way of reaching the All Ireland Junior Football Championship final tomorrow afternoon in Tullamore. Kilkenny who only field a football team at junior level have progressed to this stage of the competition after winning the British junior crown, travelling over and back to Great Britain for all their games this summer so far. In the final of that championship they saw off the challenge of Scotland to book their final four spot.
With just over a week until the Mayo senior hurling team start their 2015 campaign in the Connacht Hurling League away to Leitrim on Saturday January 3 they are looking for a new manager after Christy Phillips resigned last week.
Corofin footballers head to London to take on London champions Tír Chonaill Gaels in Ruislip on Sunday (1pm).
Kevin Walsh was ratified as Galway senior football manager on a three year term and Galway senior hurling manager Anthony Cunningham will continue on for another two years following last Monday night’s county board meeting.
The two county senior football semi-finals are down for decision this Sunday at Tuam Stadium.
Two of the potential names in the hat for the vacant Mayo senior manager’s job have spoken to the Mayo GAA County Board in relation to the job, the chairman of the board, Paddy McNicholas, told the Mayo Advertiser this week. The closing date for nominations for the post was 11pm last night. Speaking to the Advertiser yesterday morning, McNicholas said: “We’ve two men who are interested in the job, with Noel Connelly backed up by Pat Holmes and Kevin McStay who is backed up by Liam McHale. We’ve spoken to both men about the job, one in person and the other on the phone recently. There are a few other names out there, but none of them have come to any of us about it yet.” When asked how many nominations had been received as of yesterday morning, a number of hours before the deadline closed, McNicholas said that he was not aware that any official nominations had been submitted at that stage, but expected them to come in during the course of the day.
Killanin’s Kevin Walsh and Tuam’s Peter Warren are the only two names nominated by Galway football clubs for the position of Galway senior football manager.
Unfortunately for some folk, the minor grade will always be an after thought, something they will catch the last 20 minutes of before the big senior game.
The Salthill-Knocknacarra GAA club are already ‘geared up’ and eagerly looking forward to their annual sevens competition, which is to be held at Arus Bóthar na Trá on St Stephen’s Day.
The Galway senior county hurling final takes place this Sunday in Pearse Stadium (2.45pm) with perennial favourites Portumna taking on one of the most consistent sides in the county over the past decade, Loughrea.