Monaghan v Mayo – We’re Off To Clones

Monaghan v Mayo – We’re Off To Clones

monaghan gaa crestMonaghan v Mayo Rd 4 Allianz Football LeagueMayo GAA crest

The fourth round of the 2016 Allianz Football League brings us to Clones this Sunday for the Monaghan v Mayo clash. This match was originally scheduled for Castleblaney, but due to the large attendance expected, it was moved to Clones last week. Thankfully for us Mayo supporters travelling, it makes the journey to Monaghan a little shorter by about 40 minutes.

 

 

Traffic and Parking in Clones

This match was originally scheduled for Castleblaney, but due to the large attendance expected, it was moved to Clones last week. Thankfully for us Mayo supporters travelling, it makes the journey to Monaghan a little shorter by about 40 minutes.

There are a few different routes to Clones. A quick search on Google Maps will give you a good idea but it looks like a drive of about 2 and a half hours lies ahead. For those of us who traveled to Breffni to see the Mitchels in their historic All-Ireland semi-final a few weeks back, then there’s the option of a familiar route. If you do choose to take the route via Cavan, just be careful on the road between Edgeworthstown and Cavan – it is absolutely appalling.

Bus 

  • Barrett’s Coaches will be running their customary bus service from Mayo on the day – call 097 83544 to book your seat. We’ll post further information on buses as we get it.

Car Parks:

After talking to a couple of Farney faithfuls, and a Donegal fan who would be fairly familiar with Clones after their frequent Ulster Final appearances in the last 5 years, they suggested that the best thing to do was to turn the car towards home and park on the side of the road. Otherwise, we’ll be waiting a while to get out, (as we believe happened a good few Donegal & Mayo fans last Sunday in Ballybofey!).

  • Super Value car park – Fermanagh St
  • On street parking – “head the car for home”

Pre Match Meet Up

Pre match meet up in the Creighton hotel on Fermanagh St. The match is at 2.30 so there’ll be time for the dinner before hand.

Get in Early

Monaghan v Mayo Rd 4 Sunday weather 6th march 2016Another bit of solid advice afforded to us by our Monaghan counterparts was to get into the ground early, particularly if the weather is bad. Getting into the stand will be ideal but the first 10-15 rows, apparently, will leave you open to the elements so if you want to stay dry, get in in good time. Hopefully, that won’t be an issue and we get the same kind of weather as we had in Ballybofey last week.

We don’t need to remind you at this point to bring the colour and bring the noise. The Mayo travelling support is quite simply, second to none and we know this Sunday will again be no exception. Weather wise its predicted to be dry with bright spells, but again bitter cold, turning wet and windy. We want to see plenty of those Mayo Bobble Hats and beanies on show!

The Toughest Trade

We got a proper sneak peak at how Aidan O’Shea got on in the States a couple of weeks back training with an American Football team. The results of that experiment will be aired on RTE, Part 1 on the 9th March, and we’ll also see how former Dallas Cowboys and Miami Dolphins wide receiver Roberto Wallace got on during his stint at Breaffy!

Episode 1 – Tuesday 8th March, 9.55pm, RTE 2
Episode 2 – Tuesday 15th March, 9.55pm RTE 2

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2016 Prediction League Week 3

2016 Prediction League Week 3

2016 Prediction League Week 3 Result’s

Allianz league predictions competition

Mayo Club 51 mini league

The 2016 prediction league week 3 results are now in and the battle at the top is fierce! The battle at the bottom however is a different story, with ourselves comfortably in last position with the wooden spoon in our sights!

Mayo Club 51 Leader board — Start Week : 1
Your position: Week 3

Total Week 3 Week 2 Week 1
1 T McG,Knocknagoshel – Kerry 1012 306 308 398
2 Donall OFlatharta,Geraldine Morans – Dublin 1007 325 338 344
3 Peter Lavelle,Achill – Mayo 980 277 297 406
4 patrick breheny,Charlestown Sarsfields – Mayo 952 277 310 365
5 Seamus Gallagher,Achill – Mayo 948 276 307 365
6 Mayo Magic,Balla – Mayo 928 287 312 329
7 John Fox,Ardnaree – Mayo 903 283 277 343
8 Shane Hegarty,St. Joseph’s/O’Connell Boys – Dublin 898 340 253 305
9 Trevor Naughton,Lahardane Mchales – Mayo 897 272 277 348
10 Six PointsUp,Skerries Harps – Dublin 895 273 276 346
11 Helen Fadian,Achill – Mayo 891 279 295 317
12 Ian McGarry,Palmerstown – Dublin 887 256 258 373
13 Derek Sage,Westport – Mayo 885 285 281 319
14 Niamh Roche,Davitts – Mayo 881 336 274 271
15 Johnny Lynskey,The Neale – Mayo 880 279 273 328
16 Adrian Hession,Tooreen Hurling – Mayo 877 251 299 327
17 Croi nahEireann,St. Mary’s – Westmeath 875 285 253 337
18 Face TheBall,Mayo Gaels – Mayo 871 310 250 311
19 Patrick Boyle,Bohola Moy Davitts – Mayo 866 272 279 315
20 John Caulfield,Eire Og – Roscommon 866 257 220 389
21 Martin Maheady,Killala – Mayo 864 250 270 344
22 John Maloney,Swinford – Mayo 862 251 337 274
23 Ciaran OConnell,Charlestown Sarsfields – Mayo 856 256 260 340
24 Peter Lavelle,Achill – Mayo 851 310 253 288
25 damien Egan,Ballyhaunis – Mayo 848 309 248 291
26 Paul Cunnane,Davitts – Mayo 832 254 309 269
27 kieran cawley,Crossmolina – Mayo 823 199 270 354
28 Joe Gavin,Claremorris – Mayo 821 248 278 295
29 pj hughes,Crossmolina – Mayo 814 321 284 209
30 Garryowen McMahon,Davitts – Mayo 811 251 221 339
31 Brian Turbitt,Swinford – Mayo 808 246 221 341
32 Michael Cuddy,Castlebar Mitchels – Mayo 803 240 252 311
33 Jason Mcgoldrick,Ballyhaunis – Mayo 799 250 256 293
34 Alan Duggan,Knockmore – Mayo 798 265 232 301
35 SHANE O’NEILL,Derrytresk – Tyrone 794 251 254 289
36 Robert Biggins,Shrule-Glencorrib – Mayo 785 236 251 298
37 Declan Gilroy,Crossmolina – Mayo 781 221 212 348
38 j Kelly,Eastern Gaels – Mayo 773 257 253 263
39 P Sheridan,Ballina Stephenites – Mayo 772 302 240 230
40 Cian Mortimer,Shrule-Glencorrib – Mayo 768 333 226 209
41 Michael Molloy,Swinford – Mayo 764 242 253 269
42 Jason McTigue,The Neale – Mayo 764 240 233 291
43 Dan MayoGAA,Belmullet – Mayo 758 217 251 290
44 brendan costello,Claremorris – Mayo 753 249 253 251
45 Vincent McHale,Ardagh – Mayo 747 225 199 323
46 Alan Prendergast,Mayo Gaels – Mayo 743 216 257 270
47 Brian Lavelle,Castlebar Mitchels – Mayo 739 231 219 289
48 Louthand Prouddotcom,Mattock Rangers – Louth 725 214 227 284
49 Patrick Lydon,Tourmakeady – Mayo 719 300 193 226
50 Neil Masterson,Burrishoole – Mayo 718 249 199 270
51 Ben Miles,Kiltimagh – Mayo 718 233 276 209
52 Eamon Monaghan,Garrymore – Mayo 716 202 179 335
53 Mark McWalter,Balla – Mayo 710 194 277 239
54 John Brennan,Claremorris – Mayo 700 125 253 322
55 Devel Mayogaa,Kiltimagh – Mayo 692 229 250 213
56 Malachy Egan,Kilmovee Shamrocks – Mayo 688 250 198 240
57 Mick Hunt,Charlestown Sarsfields – Mayo 681 222 192 267
58 Conor Conway,Annaghdown – Galway 674 125 259 290
59 Darragh Dixon,Belmullet – Mayo 671 241 251 179
60 Mayo Mick,Swinford – Mayo 668 216 220 232
61 Sean Burke,Kilmovee Shamrocks – Mayo 667 203 166 298
62 Eamon Dixon,Belmullet – Mayo 666 250 168 248
63 Roger Milla,Frankfurt Sarsfields – Europe 662 202 194 266
64 Emma McDonagh,Kiltane – Mayo 655 176 229 250
65 AnneMarie Flynn,Ardagh – Mayo 642 125 253 264
66 Joseph Gibbons,The Neale – Mayo 639 212 187 240
67 Lainey Hughes,The Neale – Mayo 623 125 253 245
68 JP McLoughlin,Swinford – Mayo 621 125 253 243
69 Mark Togher,Castlebar Mitchels – Mayo 617 125 253 239
70 Damien McCallig,Four Masrters, Donegal Town – Donegal 615 176 251 188
71 Jamie Cafferky,Civil Service – Dublin 611 125 253 233
72 Mad MayoMan,Swinford – Mayo 601 196 222 183
73 Cillian Whelan,Castlebar Mitchels – Mayo 587 213 101 273
74 John Moynihan,Ballaghaderreen – Mayo 556 178 167 211
75 MayoClub FiftyOne,Ballyvary Hurling – Mayo 529 181 216 132
GAA Congress 2016

GAA Congress 2016

Annual GAA Congress 2016

GAA congress 2016

Pic : GAA.ie

The Annual GAA Congress 2016 was held over last Friday night and Saturday at the Mount Wolseley Hotel in Carlow. There were 65 motions put forward for discussion from clubs around the country at this years congress. In order for a motion to be passed at congress, it has to be voted by a two thirds majority. Here are some of the more important motions decided upon at this year’s Congress.

Motion 2 – Lost

The controversial proposition of an All-Ireland ‘B’ Football Championship was withdrawn due to lack of support, while motions 56 and 57, which were similar, were defeated. (Motion 56) The Roscommon motion proposes that, after the provincial championships are finished (by the first weekend of July, the proposal states), the competition will divide into two separate competitions, the Tier 1 competition and a Tier 2 competition. In Year 1 of the new proposal, Tier 1 (Sam Maguire) will feature the eight provincial finalists and the eight highest ranked teams in that year’s Allianz Football League (not including provincial finalists where there is a crossover). From year 2 on, the winner of the previous year’s Tier 2 competition will also be included in the Tier 1 competition, along with the seven highest ranked national league sides.

Motion 4 – Passed

This motion proposed the change of the age limits in inter-county minor football and hurling from U18 to U17 from January 1st, 2018 onwards. It also proposed that, at club level, minor players would be aged between 14 and 18 years of age, but it will remain U18s. As with many of the motions, it was a narrow victory for the motion as it passed with 68.2% of the vote.

Motion 5 – Passed

Motion 5 has been passed with 68.6%! That, alongside Motion 4, is a major motion to be passed. From the 2018 season, U21 inter-county football in the months of February, March and April will be no more.

Here’s what will be:

The U21 grade at inter-county football level will be replaced with an U20 grade, with players eligible to be aged between 18 and 20. It proposes no such change to the U21 grade for hurling, or at club level, in either code.

The competition will take place between June and August, with no replays. Drawn games will be decided by extra-time, and, in the event of that not providing a winner, by “the outcome of a sudden-death free-taking competition, the details of which shall be determined by the Central Council.”

Any player on a team list submitted to an inter-county referee for a senior inter-county championship match in that season will not be eligible to compete in the U20 competition. The U21 grade in hurling, and at club level in both codes, will be entirely unaffected by this motion.

Motion 7 – Lost

A very significant motion. This proposed that All-Ireland football finals be played on the first Sunday in September, with the hurling final to be played two weeks prior. The aim of this motion was to provide more space for playing club games in the month of September. Effective from January 1, 2017.

Motion 7 received 60.8 per cent, but not the two-thirds majority, so the motion was lost. Therefore, no changes to when All-Ireland finals are held. That is a major torpedo to the ambitions for a new, comprehensive, calendar year fixtures plan.

Motion 41 – Passed

This motion at GAA Congresss 2016 provided for the introduction of ‘the mark’ in Gaelic football. This is precisely what is proposed:

“When a player catches the ball cleanly from a Kick-Out without it touching the ground, on or past the 45m line nearest the KickOut point, he shall be awarded ‘a Mark’ by the Referee. The player awarded a ‘Mark’ shall have the options of (a) Taking a free kick or (b Playing on immediately.

The following procedures shall apply:

(a) A Free Kick

The player shall signify to the Referee that he is availing of and then take the free kick himself from the hand from the point where he was awarded the ‘Mark’.

Once the player indicates he is taking the ‘Mark’ the Referee will allow up to five seconds for the player to take the kick. If the player delays longer than five seconds the Referee will cancel the ‘Mark’ and throw in the ball between a player from each side. Once the player indicates he is taking the ‘Mark’, the opposing players must retreat 10m to allow the player space to take the kick. If an opposition player deliberately blocks or attempts to block the kick within 10m, or if an opposition player impedes the player while he is taking the kick, the Referee shall penalise the opposition by bringing the ball forward 13m.

If the Referee determines that the player who makes the ‘Mark’ has been injured in the process and is unable to take the kick, the Referee shall direct the Player’s nearest team mate to take the kick but he may not score directly from the kick.

(b) Play on immediately (i) In this circumstance the player may not be challenged for the ball until he carries the ball up to a maximum of four consecutive steps or holds the ball for no longer than the time needed to take four steps and/or makes one act of kicking, hand passing, bouncing or toe-tapping the ball.

(ii) If he is illegally challenged, a free kick shall be awarded to his team from the point at which the challenge is made, and this free kick may be taken by any player on his team.”

With 68 per cent, just getting the two thirds, the mark was introduced to Gaelic football.

Motion 43 – Lost

Proposed that all televised inter-county championship games be available on free to air TV. Former President Nickey Brennan speaking with fierce passion about the importance of rejecting Motion 43, suggesting it could contravene EU laws and regulations…. Strong opposition against, and Motion 43 was defeated with just 15.3 per cent of the vote.

So there you have it from GAA Congress 2016. What are your thoughts?

View the GAA Annual Accounts 2015

Heading for the Hills – it’s back to Ballybofey

Heading for the Hills – it’s back to Ballybofey

donegal-gaa-crest-logo_400x400  vs  Mayo GAA crest

Unlike most holidays, the League mid-term break this year feels like it’s dragged on for a long time. That said, it’s probably no bad thing from a Mayo point of view as we nurse our injury-ravaged panel back to health. Now, it’s off to Ballybofey we go.

It’s been quite the baptism of fire for new manager Stephen Rochford who has not only had to start his reign by playing catch-up, but has had to deal with  a significant loss of manpower due to injuries and club commitments. Thankfully, the tide has started to turn a bit in our favour with news that a number of our walking wounded are back in training, and consequently, in contention.

Our thoughts therefore turn to Ballybofey this weekend as we prepare to take on an on-form Donegal. Resurgent so far this year under Rory Gallagher, they will be a big challenge and this would feel like a mouthwatering fixture if we only had a point or two on the board; but this game brings with it the pressure of feeling like a must-win in order to keep us above the drop zone.

Michael Murphy of Donegal GAA chases Tom Parsons of Mayo GAA

Club 51 will be hitting the road for Ballybofey bright and early on Sunday morning. As is customary at most away games, we will be congregating before the game and the venue for this weekend’s meet-up is the Villa Rose Hotel, which has a bar that very conveniently backs on to the entrance of the stand where season tickets are scanned. We couldn’t have planned it better ourselves. They also have a new Sunday bar food menu that we can’t vouch for, but looks pretty damn daycent from where we are. And if you want something fancier there’s an A La Carte Sunday lunch menu too. There’ll be a few gathering there from about 12.30 so if you’re passing do drop in for a cuppa tae or the spuds.

Jackson’s Hotel is another handy spot nearby for a bite to eat and is only a five-minute walk from the ground.

Traffic and Parking in Ballybofey

Mayo GAA have helpfully added traffic info to their website. Be aware that there will be traffic delays coming into Ballybofey on the N15 (i.e. our route) due to road works. There will be temporary traffic lights will be in operation. so LEAVE IN PLENTY OF TIME.

 Here’s the list of car parks:
  • Navenny car park  as you come into town – just past Aldi, take the first right
  • Supervalu Car park – sign at junction into Navenny Car Park
  • Shopping  Centre Car Park beside McElhinneys store.

Barrett’s Coaches will be running their customary bus service from Mayo on the day – call 097 83544 to book your seat. We’ll post further information on buses as we get it.

weather for Donegal match Sunday

Pic via The Met Office

We don’t need to remind you at this point to bring the colour and bring the noise. The Mayo travelling support is quite simply, second to none and we know this Sunday will be no exception. Weather wise its predicted to be dry and sunny but bitter cold. We want to see plenty of those Mayo Bobble Hats and beanies on show!

Just a couple of other bits and pieces before we wrap up this post. Firstly a massive congratulations to Castlebar Mitchels on reaching their second All-Ireland Club final in three years. While we’re itching to see the Mitchels boys back in the green and red we are happy to hold out for another few weeks. The build-up will be something special again this year and we can’t wait to get to Croker on March 17th.

Congrats to to JP Coen and the Mayo hurlers on a stonking start to the National League with two wins out of two so far. Their next clash sees them away to Down on March 6th. Round 4 versus Wicklow is scheduled for Sunday 13th March at 12.45pm as a curtain-raiser to the Kerry game in MacHale Park – it would be great to see a big crew there to support them.

Donegal Gardai v Swinford

For anyone travelling up to Donegal and making a weekend of it, or anyone that would like to see a cracking game of Football, this might be of interest. Full details on SwinfordGAA.ie.

On Saturday 27 February Swinford GAA will play a Donegal Gardai selection at O’Donnell Park, Letterkenny at 3pm. This is our return trip after the Donegal Gardai appearance at the official opening of Robert McCallion Memorial Park in Swinford.

After the game there will be a presentation at the Station House Hotel, Letterkenny.

Also, we couldn’t not share this video. It might only be February, but it didn’t stop this crew from Lisaniska National School getting together to Hit the Diff for Mayo. What a cracking tune! All together now … “Don’t you dare look back, it’s all history ….We won’t rest til we’re the best”

Finally, for those of you not travelling to Ballybofey, the Mayo Ladies are taking on Armagh on Sunday in Round 4 of the Lidl Ladies NFL. The game throws in at 2pm in Swinford Amenity Park, and the Mayo ladies will be aiming to hang onto their 100% record in the League so far. Follow the action here on the Mayo Ladies GAA twitter account.

Safe travels to you all and arrive alive!

Roscommon v Mayo FBD Rd 3 2016

Roscommon v Mayo FBD Rd 3 2016

Roscommon v Mayo FBD League Rd 3

Roscommon GAA crest       V      Mayo GAA crest

It’s been a while since we posted here, but we are back in action and what better way to start than with a clash with our biggest local rivals? This Sunday sees the first of a possible three (or more) clashes between Roscommon v Mayo in Round 3 of the 2016 FBD league. In our first game under the management of Stephen Rochford, we saw off NUIG in the first round of the FBD in MacHale park in front of a home crowd of 2,390 (though we estimated there must have been over 3,000!). Last Sunday we put in a good performance against the students of IT Sligo in Ballina Stephenites, again in front of a large Mayo support of well over 2,000.

Roscommon v Mayo Ballinlough

Pic: GAA.ie.

This Sunday Roscommon v Mayo in Hyde Park (announced on Thursday that Hyde Park is unplayable by Connacht Council and the match is now moved to MacHale Park at 2pm), will be the first meeting between the two sides in 2016. We are calling on all Mayo supporters to “Bring The Colour, Bring The Noise”, as there will be no doubt a large travelling Roscommon support, especially on home turf.

The match was originally scheduled for Ballinlough, (we were looking forward to standing beside the tree growing through the stand there!), but due to the expected large crowd it probably would not have been a big enough venue to hold the thousands expected to attend. And now at least we don’t have to put the lawnmower in the boot for the trip to Hyde Park!

The match throws in at 2pm, so get to MacHale Park early and bring the flags! (Remember the delays at the NUIG match due to large crowds of supporters).

Statement From Roscommon GAA Regarding Change of Venue (22.30 14th January)

It was with great regret that Roscommon GAA had to inform The Connacht Council of the GAA that the County Ground “Dr. Hyde Park” was going to be unplayable for the FBD game against Mayo.

This game had previously been moved from Ballinlough where it had traditionally been held every second year alternating with Ballyhaunis.

Roscommon GAA offered the secondary county ground St Brigid’s Kiltoom as the venue and Connacht Council GAA decided that this venue would not be in a position to accommodate the expected large crowd.

As the FBD league is a Connacht Council GAA event they decided to refix the game for Mc Hale Park Castlebar. Roscommon GAA regrets that we are unable to play Mayo in Roscommon on this occasion.

It is planned to install a new pitch in Hyde Park.

 What has happened this week reinforces the need for this and will ensure it happens much sooner. Hopefully the Gaels of Roscommon will fully support Roscommon GAA in this venture and Club Rossie in the fund raising for it.
Ends.
In other news, the National Football League may not even have started yet, but our thoughts are already turning to London and the first round of the Connacht Championship in Ruislip at the end of May. Keep an eye on our page for updates – we’ll be putting together a post with some information shortly.
Looking forward to seeing many of you in Castlebar on Sunday and here’s to a great year ahead. Up Mayo!
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