After what can be described as a very encouraging first outing for our lads at the weekend, we’re delighted to welcome back the 2015 Allianz Prediction league. We’ve had a great response this year with 70 (70!) people now fighting it out to claim the crown in the Mayo Club ’51 mini-league. If you haven’t already joined us, you’re still welcome to do so – once you’re registered for an account on https://www.allianzleaguespredictions.ie/ all you need to do is go to click ‘join mini-league’ and enter this code: DZD6MLxFkF1E .
Below are the Allianz Prediction League week 1 table standings. It’s a Ballycroy representative leading the pack with Jack Deane racing into an early lead, but Padraig McHugh of Claremorris and Niamh Roche of Davitts are hot on his heels. We predict (see what we did there) that this will be a tightly fought contest all the way through. If you’re stuck below in the doldrums like some of us, don’t despair and instead get your predictions in for week 2.
In other news, we’re turning our faces back to Castlebar next weekend as we welcome Tyrone to MacHale Park. We intend to give them a very warm welcome indeed, preferably one too hot to handle. We look forward to seeing and hearing you all in MacHale Park at 2pm on Sunday.
Mayo Club ’51 Leaderboard – Week : 1
Allianz Prediction League 2015
It’s that time of year again and the Allianz prediction league 2015 is now up and running! The prediction league will start on the 31st of January and continue throughout the league, finishing with the league finals at the end of 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: DZD6MLxFkF1E
We recommend you to copy & paste the code when first registering for the mini-league.
There is no limit to the amount of mini leagues you enter (last year I was entered into 5 different mini leagues!) You only need to enter your predictions once each week, all the different leagues you are entered into will be updated automatically. The code above is for the football league. If there is enough interest in a hurling mini league, let us know and we’ll set one up. 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.
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
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 Leaderboard Table (at the end of week 3)
Time to plan
As the dust settles on our first FBD campaign under Noel and Pat, it’s time to start looking ahead to 2015 and to the first real competitive action of the season. With that, we turn our faces towards Killarney and the first Allianz National League game against the Kerrymen who broke our hearts below in Limerick last August. The less said about that the better, and as a new era begins, we will be getting behind our lads more than ever. On that note, it’s time for a quick update on the Club ’51 front on our plans for that game and for the subsequent games in the League.
Seating groups are a good way of getting groups of supporters together in grounds with allocated seating. They were a great success last year and more and more people are either setting up or joining groups as the club grows. This year, you can use either your Croke Park or your Cairde Maigh Eo season ticket to join a seating group, and we have all the latest information and have started the list of 2015 groups in our post over here. We’ve had loads of enquiries already from people interested in joining a seating group this year, so if you already have one with vacant spaces or would like to set one up, let us know and we’ll put you in touch.
Getting To Away Games
We’ll be doing our usual car pooling posts (keep an eye on our forum here or contact us on Facebook, Twitter or email). Anyone with space in a car or a bus that needs filling over the coming weeks let us know! We’ll have information on parking etc. on the site too in due course. Don’t forget the ‘fiver for the driver’!
Your car doesn’t have to look like this, but it helps
If anyone is organising buses to Killarney for 1st February, let us know and we’ll post them here. We have one so far:
- The Sea Rod Inn, Doohoma are hoping to organise a bus – for queries contact Sean on 0851698851.
From the first meeting in the Liffey Arms, Newbridge on 2nd Feb last year to various days out in Jury’s across from Croker these were a great success last year, so looking ahead to 2015 we’ll be continuing the new tradition of picking a pre-match meeting point close to the grounds for Mayo fans to congregate before games and grab a cuppa/lunch/tipple/whatever tickles your fancy. We’ll be announcing these here the week before games and are looking for suggestions for Killarney, Cork and Derry.
Similarly, there will be a good crew making their way to away game venues the night before so what better excuse to go for a couple of scoops and psyche out the opposition fans? We’ll also be making a weekend of the Dublin game so expect some Castlebar festivities to be announced close to St. Patrick’s weekend.
Sea of Green And Red
Image: Sean Óg Cafferkey
Part of the inspiration for Club ’51 came from these guys on Facebook who joined forces with us and were instrumental in making the Mayo support as loud and colourful as it was in 2014. We’re aiming for more of the same in 2015 and starting as we mean to go on. Last year Mayo revived an old tradition and we saw a huge increase in the number of flags at matches. Nowhere was it more evident than in the video below from the first Kerry game (scroll to 1.51). We want recreate the incredible atmosphere of that game many times again this year and you can play your part. If every household brings a flag, think of the spectacle we’ll create! So up you get into that attic and dig out the flags.
We have a number of Club ’51 flags, and if you’ve seen them in the grounds and want to get your hands on one of your own all the information you need is here.
We’ll also be attempting to do the following over the coming months:
- Organising more charity events after the success of our inaugural table quiz last year
- More competitions – watch this space
- Some more displays. This could be in the form of stick flags, banners or any other sort of visual display. We are eager to get people’s ideas on this so please don’t be shy, and if you’re feeling creative don’t hesitate to make your own flags or banners.
‘Everything’s Coming Up Mayo’ by Lorraine Kelly and Mike Kelly
How You Can Get Involved
Making Club ’51 a success takes time and effort, but it’s also great fun and the more people involved, the better. So if there’s anything you’d like to get involved with, or if you feel you can lend some expertise, we’d love to hear from you. Be that writing some guest posts, helping us on our social media sites, volunteering at our table quizzes or sponsoring some competition or quiz prizes, we’d be delighted to welcome you on board.
Bring your own flags, but we are also looking for 4-5 people to become flag custodians and wave our flags on match days. We have a good few people on this front but still have some that need a good, caring home with regular matchgoers – and an energetic arm!
That’s it for now …
.. but keep an eye out for updates, and spread the word ( you can share our posts on Facebook, retweet us, get our logo tattooed on your face, or just tell people you meet).
And most importantly, get out those flags, warm up the vocal cords and play your part in becoming the 16th man this year.
Maigh Eo Abú!
Happy New Year
Wishing all Mayo GAA supporters, fans and everyone a very happy New Year 2015 from everyone here at Mayo Club ’51 HQ.
The 2015 Mayo GAA season gets underway this Saturday with our U-21s who are in action against Westmeath in St Loman’s, Mullingar, throw-in at 2 pm. (Double check venue in case of change before travelling). On Sunday, our senior team are out in their first competitive match of 2015 under new management team Noel & Pat. This first round of the FBD against NUIG throws in at 2 pm in MacHale Park Castlebar. Mayo Club 51 will of course be in attendance! We hope to see you all there and make sure to bring the noise and bring the colour!
The 2014 Mayo GAA Convention was held on Sunday 7th December in the Park Hotel, Kiltimagh.
2014 Mayo GAA convention. Photo : Colm Gannon via Twitter @ColmGannon
The 2014 Mayo GAA Convention got underway at 12 noon on Sunday last the 7th December 2014 in the Park Hotel in Kiltimagh. Here’s a quick summary of the day’s proceedings.
The following officers were elected as follows:
- Jim Fleming has re-elected as Mayo GAA President for 2014.
- Mike Connolly has been elected as the new Mayo GAA chairman.
- Seamus Tuohy has been elected as the new Mayo GAA vice-chairman.
- JP Lambe has been re-elected as the Mayo GAA treasurer.
- Ger McHugh has been elected as assistant treasurer. (According to Mayo GAA, an “issue arose” as PJ Monaghan “has not accepted the nomination for the Assistant Treasurer position and was not present at the convention”).
- Aiden McLoughlin has been re-elected unopposed as the Mayo GAA PRO.
- Sean MacEil has been elected as the Mayo GAA delegate to Central Council.
- Paddy McNicholas and Gerry Burke have been elected as Connacht Council Delegates.
32 motions in total were put forward to convention by the various clubs in Mayo. Just two of the motions deal with intercounty issues.
34. That all All-Ireland Semi-Finals be played in Croke Park, without exception (Ballintubber).
35. That the All-Ireland Senior football and hurling championship semi-finals and semi-final replays all be played in Croke Park and this is bearing in mind that the American football is scheduled to return to Croke Parke again in August 2016. (Castlebar Mitchels) (Kiltimagh).
2014 Mayo GAA Accounts Summary
|Source of Income
| Gate Receipts
| Commercial Income
| Fund Raising Activities
| Other Income
| Transfer Income
| Total Income
| Match expenses
| Teams Admin expenses
| Grounds upkeep
| Financial expenses
| Admin expenses
| Grants & subscriptions
| Coaching & games development
| Transfer payments
| Total Expenditure
| Surplus for year
Among other areas of interest at the Convention were the comments of incoming Chair Mike Connolly, who in his address suggested that there was a need for the Board to conduct its business in a more professional manner, admitting that in the past some communications have been ‘poor’. While acknowledging Mayo clubs as the best in the country, and the county’s supporters as “the best in the world”, he said he was disappointed at comments aimed towards the connection between his candicacy and his brother’s role as joint Mayo Senior Football manager. “All I can say to those people is they don’t know me and they don’t know my family”, he said. “The green and red of Mayo is in our veins. It’s that simple.”
According to the print edition of today’s Western People, there was much mirth when Jim Fleming pulled his own raffle ticket in the house draw to win dinner for two. “I’m just showing ye how it’s done”, he quipped through his blushes. Ger McHugh, for his part, gave a somewhat understated account of new manager Noel Connelly’s progress within the past year. “We appointed Noel as Hollymount Carramore’s Under 8 manager last February”, he said. “He’s made a fair bit of progress since then.”
The full convention report and the Mayo GAA financial report for 2014 can be viewed or downloaded here: https://mayoclub51.com/members/downloads.
We at Club ’51 wish the new and the re-elected officers and all those who volunteer their time to further the cause of Mayo GAA all the very best for the 2015 season. Here’s to a new era, and we look forward to getting behind them and the Mayo teams in the new year in our renewed quest for All-Ireland glory. Maigh Eo Abú.
Mike Connolly and Ger McHugh pictured after their elections as Mayo GAA chairman and vice-treasurer. (Photo: Hollymount-Carramore on twitter @holly_carraGAA