We’re on the road again – Tralee, here we come!
If this is your car and you haven’t left already … well, you’ll probably miss the game (Pic: Balls.ie)
It’s time to check those tyres and top up that engine oil, Tralee here we come! We’re back on the road again for our first road trip of the 2017 National Football league campaign following the Green & Red. After the disappointing loss against Monaghan last weekend, it’s time to dust ourselves off, pack up the car and get ready to head for Tralee. The last time we played Kerry in their back yard was in the 1st round of the 2015 campaign at Fitzgearld Stadium in Killarney, where we bet Kerry 2-11 to 0-10 in front of 8,123 spectators. The last time we played Kerry in Austin Stacks in Tralee was in the 7th round of the 2012 league campaign. We drew with Kerry that day 1-12 apiece. Can we do better this weekend?
Club ’51 will also be making the trip south to this stunning part of the country (don’t tell them we said that!) and will be aiming to claim a significant proportion of Austin Stack Park for the green and red. Anecdotally, it appears that the Mayo faithful are hitting the road in huge numbers this weekend, so if you’re looking for a place to lay your head, get on it ASAP otherwise you’ll be kipping in the back of the car.
It’s a fair trek down to the Kingdom! It’s roughly 273Km from MacHale Park to Austin Stacks Park in Tralee, which takes about 4 hours. We haven’t heard of any supporters buses travelling to the game as of yet apart from the usuals which are fully booked. Most people are making a weekend of it, some even travelling down to Tralee on Friday, so as to be well “refreshed” for the match on Saturday evening!
In typical Irish Mammy style we recommend leaving early (5am should do it) and please be careful on the roads folks, temperatures are set to drop during the weekend and the roads could be icy.
Please note that there is very limited parking around Austin Stack Park. Please respect the residences & businesses in the surrounding area. Kerry County Council have offered free parking in the Car Park adjacent to The Rose Hotel, Dan Spring Road, which is walking distance of the venue. Sound enough of them.
- All patrons traveling to Austin Stack Park Tralee for the event are advised to arrive early as a large crowd is expected. Patrons are asked to obey the instructions of stewards & Gardai.
- Admission is €15 and entry to the stand will be on a first come first served basis.
- Tickets can be bought in advance in selected SuperValu and Centra outlets up til midnight tonight (Friday 10th) at a discount of 20%. Tickets can also be bought at full price on the day at the ticket vans positioned outside the ground.
- Usual Concession for Students and OAPs applies. Under 16s go free!
- Designated Gates will be in operation for Season Ticket holders – bring your card and get it scanned (make sure to keep an eye on the screen to ensure your card scans properly and check that your attendance has been updated after the game.
- Stiles will open at 5pm and additional stiles will be open at both the John Mitchels and Horans end of the Ground.
Club ’51 Meet-Up
In what is now becoming a time-honoured, revered and legendary tradition, Club ’51 will be assembling before the game in a local hostelry to mingle, give out about the weather and unanimously agree that Mayo is just as nice a spot as Kerry, we just don’t need to go on about it all the time.
We’ll be congregating at Paddy Macs Bar at the Mall from early afternoon, as we have it on good authority that it’s a good spot to watch the sports and apparently there are some other games involving balls (odd-shaped ones) happening this weekend too.
For later in the night there are plenty of local hostelries in Tralee to choose from. We hear that Séan Ógs on High Street is a good spot for some traditional Irish music sessions. Baily’s Corner on Castle St is another well known sports bar in Tralee, and both of these are on the way out to the pitch from town. Always looking out for ye, we are.
Bring The Colour – Bring The Noise
It might only be the second game in the League, but it marks the start of an another long road for this team, so let’s row in behind them and just like in Croke Park last September and October, be the 16th man again.
Bring a flag, claim the stand and make them wonder in Kerry if they took a wrong turn and ended up on MacHale Road.
And most of all stand tall and be proud of the green and red – our colours – and all they stand for as we look to the year ahead.
Mayo Club 51 Mini Allianz Prediction League 2017
Mayo Club 51 mini league
It’s that time of year again and the Allianz prediction league 2017 is now up and running! The Allianz prediction league will start on the 30th of January and continue throughout the league, finishing with the league finals in April. To enter, you will need to log in and set up an account at www.allianzleaguesprediction.ie. If you have entered the prediction league in previous years, just log in to your account and enter.
Mayo Club 51 have joined again this year and we’ve set up a football mini league called … you’ve guessed it … Mayo Club 51. To join our football mini league just enter this code: wynlvZyqaFxy
We recommend you to copy & paste the code when first registering for the mini-league.
Join mini league example
There is no limit to the amount of mini leagues you enter (last year we entered into 5 different mini leagues!) You only need to enter your predictions once each week, all the different mini leagues you are entered into will be updated automatically. The code above is for the football league. Although it’s mainly for a bit of craic and to test how well you think you know your football. We will do a weekly Mayo Club 51 mini-league table update here on the site. We’ll have a rummage through the attic and basement here in Mayo Club 51 and see if we can come up with a prize for the winner of the predication league at the end of April. If you have any problems joining our mini league please contact us.
So, How does the Allianz Prediction League Work?
Competition duration: The competition starts with the first round of leagues games in February and concludes with the last fixture of the leagues regardless of whether it is a final or not. If any fixture or a final is drawn and goes to a replay, then the replayed fixture will be included in the competition for predicting.
Extra Game weeks: An extra game week will be added if a fixture or fixtures are rescheduled for a week which had no scheduled fixtures previously.
Prediction Input: You must select a margin of victory for one of the teams or select a draw. Players will not be allowed input predictions for a week until the first day of the week or until all fixtures have been clarified for the week.
Changing a prediction: Just select blank where you had input the margin or click on the draw box again if you had predicted a draw.
Non-Input of Predictions: Players will be allowed to miss the input of predictions for one week when they will receive the average score of all players in the competition who input predictions for that week for. Players will be given half the average weekly score for any subsequent weeks where they don’t input predictions.
Scoring Update: Player’s scores for a week will be updated before the start of the following week.
Games cancelled or abandoned: Points will not be awarded for fixtures that are not played or abandoned. Replays or rescheduled games will be added to the set of fixtures for the weeks they are scheduled.
Overall Competition Winner
The player in the number 1 position on the overall leader board after the scores are updated for all the competition’s predictions, is the winner of the overall competition.
Scoring is based on regular time (70 minutes play) only. Extra time scores not included in the scoring.
40 points – Draw predicted.
Non Drawn Game
20 points – Correct Winning Team predicted
10 points – Exact Margin of victory (= 30 points)
9 points – Margin of victory within 1 point
8 points – Margin of victory within 2 points
7 points – Margin of victory within 3 points
6 points – Margin of victory within 4 points
5 points – Margin of victory within 5 points
4 points – Margin of victory within 6 points
3 points – Margin of victory within 7 points
2 points – Margin of victory within 8 points
1 point – Margin of victory within 9 points
Leader board Ranking
Players with the same score in the same league are ranked by their most recent weekly results.
The player with the better recent performance is ranked higher.
Sample Leader board Table (at the end of week 3)
Get registering & good luck!
2016 Mayo GAA Convention Held in McWilliam Park Hotel
The 2016 Mayo GAA convention was held in the McWilliam Park hotel in Claremorris on Sunday the 4th of December. One of the most notable points highlighted at convention was the cost of running Mayo GAA in 2016. A whopping €1.6 million was spent running all the Mayo GAA teams, nearly double the figure for 2015. It is also noted however that income from various sources increased 44% on last year. Mayo GAA’s income for 2016 stood at €3,076,988 and total expenditure was €2,989,659, recording a surplus of €87,329 for the year, downs slightly from last year’s €94,979.
The large increase in expenses for 2016 was very much to be expected, due to the huge success of our teams this year. The seniors reached the All Ireland final which had to go to a replay. Our U-21’s won the All Ireland down in Ennis last April. Our Junior team also reached an All Ireland but sadly lost. And our minor footballers reached an All Ireland quarter final. Our hurlers reached the Nicky Rackard cup final also and our U-21 hurlers contested the B hurling final. All in all, a pretty successful year for Mayo GAA which would be the envy of many a county!
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2016 GAA GPA All Stars Awards
The 2016 GAA GPA All Star awards were held last Friday night in the Convention Centre in Dublin. Once again Mayo GAA were well represented at this years Awards. In total four Mayo players were awarded All Stars in football and three in Hurling as well as winning player of the year award in both football and the Nicky Rackard in hurling and young player of the year in football.
Mayo football 2016 GAA GPA All Stars, Brendan Harrison, David Clarke, Lee Keegan & Colm Boyle. Pic: Sportsfile/Seb Daly.
Congratulations to Brendan Harrison (1st All Star), David Clarke (1st All Star), Lee Keegan (4th All Star) and Colm Boyle (3rd All Star). Lee Keegan now also has the accolade of winning the most All Stars in Mayo to date.
2016 GAA GPA All Stars
1 David Clarke (Mayo) First time winner
2 Brendan Harrison (Mayo) First time winner
3 Jonny Cooper (Dublin) First time winner
4 Philly McMahon (Dublin) Second time winner
5 Lee Keegan (Mayo) Fourth time winner
6 Colm Boyle (Mayo) Third time winner
7 Ryan McHugh (Donegal) First time winner
8 Brian Fenton (Dublin) Second time winner
9 Mattie Donnelly (Tyrone) Second time winner
10 Peter Harte (Tyrone) First time winner
11 Diarmuid Connolly (Dublin) Second time winner
12 Ciaran Kilkenny (Dublin) Second time winner
13 Dean Rock (Dublin) First time winner
14 Michael Quinlivan (Tipperary) First time winner
15 Paul Geaney (Kerry) First time winner
2016 GAA GPA Player & Young Player Of The Year Award
Lee Keegan 2016 GAA GPA All Star Player of the Year. Pic: Sportsfile/Seb Daly.
Diarmuid O’Connor 2016 GAA GPA All Star Young Player of the Year. Pic: Sportsfile/Ramsey Cardy.
There were three nominations for the 2016 GAA GPA player of the year award. Brian Fenton and Ciarán Kilkenny from Dublin and Mayo’s Lee Keegan were the nominee’s for this years award. Congratulations to Lee on winning this years Player of the Year award.
There were two nominees from Tipperary & one from Mayo for the young player of the year award. Josh Keane & Jimmy Feehan from Tipperary and Diarmuid O’Connor from Mayo were nominated.
2016 GAA GPA Hurling All Stars
Mayo hurling All Star winners, Cathal Freeman, Joseph Mc Manus, Kenny Feeney & Brian Hunt. Pic: Sportsfile/
Not to be outdone by the football, four of our hurlers also picked up All Stars in the Nicky Rackard competition. Congratulations to Cathal Freeman, Joseph Mc Manus and Brian Hunt on winning All Stars. Congratulations also to Kenny Feeney for winning the player of the year award.
Lee was interviewed on Off The Ball show on Newstalk on Tuesday 8th November, have a listen here;
Mayo v Westmeath – Calling All Mayo Fans, We’re back to Croke Park
Our Round 4 Qualifier match with Westmeath brings us back to Croke Park next Saturday the 30th July, which is a little earlier than a lot of us would origninally have bargained for. But it’s the route we had to take, and we face our 3rd game in 4 weeks on Saturday after ours wins against Fermanagh and Kildare. We are part of a triple header on the day with our match throwing in at 6pm (live on Sky Sports). Cork will be doing battle with Donegal before us at 4pm while the minors of Cork and Donegal will be the opening match of the day at 2pm. It will be our first meeting against the Lake County men since our league clash with them in a wet Mullingar in 2014, which we won narrowly. Our last championship affair came in 2001 our Qualifier debut in Dr. Hyde Park, where we succumbed to the Leinster men after extra time by a single point.
- Mater Car Park: Pre booking is necessary here
- Q-Park: Park for up to 24 hours on match-day in Q-Park Clerys. Or park in Q-Park Usher’s Quay.
- Park Rite: All day parking on event days is available at Park Rite locations across the city centre for €5 for match day patrons upon production of your match ticket. Locations and pre-booking here.
- Clonliffe College: The Clonliffe College car park is situated 5 minutes from Croke Park Stadium. Parking is available for just €10 on match days. The car park has 2000 spaces, including 100 disabled spaces and is accessible via Drumcondra Road Lower. Pre-book the car park here.
We’ve been told that the quays in Dublin will be closed on Saturday. If you normally use this route to Croke Park we’d advise an alternative route on Saturday.
Dublin’s north and south quays will be closed to eastbound and westbound traffic at O’Connell bridge from 8pm on Friday July 29th until 6am on Tuesday August 2nd. The closure will be to facilitate essential Luas Cross City construction works over the weekend. Diversions will be in place.
Here are some bus companies that will be travelling to the match on Sunday. If you know of any more, please let us know and we will add them in here. Call to book your seat in advance if you haven’t already, we don’t want to see any of you lot thumbing up the N5!
- Corduff Coach’s Westport 9AM > Castlebar 9.30 > Swinford 10AM.
- Gillespie Coaches 085 7646523 €25 Call for details.
- Barrett Coaches 097 83544 Call for details.
Irish Rail have announced extra services to Dublin to cover the All-Ireland Rd 4B qualifier on Saturday 30th July. There will be three extra trains with one departing from Ballina and the other two from Westport. Booking on www.irishrail.ie is essential to secure your train ticket.
The following additional services have been added to accommodate supporters travelling to/from the match:
Special Train 1
- 11:15hrs Westport
- 11:27hrs Castlebar
- 11:46hrs Claremorris
- 12:00hrs Ballyhaunis
- 12:52hrs Athlone
- Arrive Heuston 14:30
Special Train 2
- 11:25hrs Ballina
- 11:35hrs Foxford
- 12:03hrs Claremorris
- 12:18hrs Ballyhaunis
- 13:09hrs Athlone
- Arrive Heuston 14:45
Return trains depart Heuston station at 20:50hrs to Westport and at 21:10hrs to Ballina.
Bring the Colour, Bring the Noise!
As we always say, bring the colour, bring the noise! We want to see a “Sea Of Green & Red” again as always in Croke Park on Saturday evening. It really does make a difference. The team do take notice when the Mayo supporters get behind them at a match. Andy Moran, when interviewed after the Fermanagh match in Castlebar, said this,
“I thought the support was excellent. It was great to see so many here today but we’re Mayo, we’re in this together, and I wouldn’t expect anything less from the supporters.” – Andy Moran interviewed in the Western People.
The Green & Red of Mayo in Croke Park (Pic-Sportsfile)
Match tickets will be available at all usual outlets before the match. There will also be tickets available to purchase from the Croke Park ticket office on Dorset Street and the North Circular Road offices. Season Tickets holders will have received an email earlier in the week regarding opt-outs. If any Season Ticket holders haven’t already done so, now is the time to set up your group seating, details on how to are here.
Stephen Rochford interview after Mayo v Kildare match
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