Allianz Prediction League Week 2

Allianz Prediction League Week 2

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Well, that was a dour old affair in MacHale Park yesterday. As the blanket of freezing fog enveloping Castlebar started to lift, Tyrone brought a blanket of their own with them down the N5 and proceeded to smother the life out of the game in what was a frustrating day out. All in all really it was a day for blankets – we even spotted a few in the stand!

After a strong opening weekend it smarts to concede points on home turf, particularly to this type of game when we’ve seen it deployed so many times before. And we bet not very many of you predicted a Tyrone win in your Allianz  Leagues match predictions! But it’s onwards and upwards as we look ahead to Monaghan’s visit in just under three weeks’ time and hope that some lessons have been learned.

Here are this weeks Allianz Prediction League week 2 standings. There are now 80 people registered and it’t not too late to join in (even joining two weeks late you’ll probably still beat some of us  .. ahem). Just register for an account on and all you need to do is go to click ‘join mini-league’ and enter this code:  DZD6MLxFkF1E .

There’s been some movement at the top this week as new entrant Declan Leonard of Aghamore storms into first place followed by Enda Cosgrove of Kiltane. Paul McCaffrey of Dromore, Tyrone (!) jumps from 8th place to 3rd (we’re a friendly bunch in here so we’ll let him stay) and last week’s leader Jack Deane slips back to 10th. It’s a Ballina man in the running for the wooden spoon but we feel there will be stiff competition at that end of the table too …

We’ve a mini-break at the minute which should give you plenty of time to swot up on your lower divisions before getting your entries in.

Mayo Club ’51 Leaderboard after week 2 of the Allianz National Football League:

Total Week 2 Week 1
1 Declan Leonard,Aghamore – Mayo 624 380 244
2 Enda Cosgrove,Kiltane – Mayo 600 333 267
3 PAUL MCCAFFREY,Dromore – Tyrone 593 326 267
4 Ronan Kilbane,Achill – Mayo 587 349 238
5 WillieJoe MayoGAABlog,St. Vincents – Dublin 587 325 262
6 Padraic McHugh,Claremorris – Mayo 583 300 283
7 Mayo Magic,Balla – Mayo 568 298 270
8 Niamh Roche,Davitts – Mayo 554 272 282
9 Michael Molloy,Swinford – Mayo 537 329 208
10 Jack Deane,Ballycroy – Mayo 535 244 291
11 John Maloney,Swinford – Mayo 532 317 215
12 David Sheridan,Ballina Stephenites – Mayo 528 295 233
13 aidan deelrovers,Crossmolina – Mayo 523 308 215
14 Croi nahEireann,St. Mary’s – Westmeath 515 275 240
15 John Fox,Ardnaree – Mayo 513 242 271
16 James McNicholas,Swinford – Mayo 508 244 264
17 Declan Rynne,Wellington GAA – New Zealand 505 297 208
18 T McG,Knocknagoshel – Kerry 505 270 235
19 Mac Danger,Knockmore – Mayo 504 300 204
20 Patrick Maloney,Swinford – Mayo 504 271 233
21 Seamus Gallagher,Achill – Mayo 500 293 207
22 Brian Burke,O.LOUGHLIN GAELS – Kilkenny 492 323 169
23 Shane Hegarty,Raheny – Dublin 488 300 188
24 P Sheridan,Ballina Stephenites – Mayo 486 274 212
25 Joseph Gibbons,The Neale – Mayo 485 264 221
26 Alan Duggan,Knockmore – Mayo 484 215 269
27 Mick Hunt,Charlestown Sarsfields – Mayo 478 213 265
28 Declan Gibbons,Castlebar Mitchels – Mayo 471 218 253
29 Captain Obvious,An Port Mor – Armagh 467 189 278
30 James Griffin,Beale – Kerry 460 271 189
31 Mike Kelly,Swinford – Mayo 458 241 217
32 John Macken,Carramore – Mayo 457 278 179
33 Michael Lang,Tourmakeady – Mayo 457 241 216
34 Conor Carney,Ardagh – Mayo 456 248 208
35 Mark McWalter,Balla – Mayo 456 244 212
36 Brian Lavelle,Castlebar Mitchels – Mayo 455 270 185
37 AnneMarie Flynn,Ardagh – Mayo 452 271 181
38 Derek Duffy,Balla – Mayo 452 251 201
39 Declan Gilroy,Crossmolina – Mayo 452 242 210
40 Donall OFlatharta,Geraldine Morans – Dublin 452 214 238
41 Paul Cunnane,Davitts – Mayo 451 240 211
42 M Sheahan,Maynooth – Kildare 450 187 263
43 tom blake,Mayo Gaels – Mayo 448 239 209
44 Kenneth Coffey,Ballylooby-Castlegrace – Tipperary 447 213 234
45 Andrew Murphy,Belmullet – Mayo 443 208 235
46 Yew Tree,PILTOWN – Kilkenny 441 214 227
47 Douglas Kelly,Swinford – Mayo 440 298 142
48 Cormac Boylan,Inniskeen – Monaghan 439 264 175
49 Mad MayoMan,Swinford – Mayo 439 250 189
50 Jason McTigue,The Neale – Mayo 436 249 187
51 Luigi Thefirst,Ballinteer St Johns – Dublin 434 245 189
52 David Gibbons,Louisburgh – Mayo 433 244 189
53 John Reilly,Hollymount – Mayo 432 266 166
54 edward murphy,Claremorris – Mayo 427 248 179
55 Owen Mcnamara,Knockmore – Mayo 423 220 203
56 Alan Prendergast,Mayo Gaels – Mayo 423 216 207
57 John Moynihan,Ballaghaderreen – Mayo 418 213 205
58 Emma McDonagh,Kiltane – Mayo 413 160 253
59 Ciaran OConnell,Charlestown Sarsfields – Mayo 408 244 164
60 Tommie McWalter,Balla – Mayo 401 244 157
61 Scott Lee,St. Jude’s – Dublin 396 210 186
62 Lainey Hughes,The Neale – Mayo 395 220 175
63 Mark Togher,Castlebar Mitchels – Mayo 392 215 177
64 kieran cawley,Crossmolina – Mayo 385 188 197
65 Mick Conlon,Wolfe Tones – Meath 384 196 188
66 MayoClub FiftyOne,Ballyvary Hurling – Mayo 381 193 188
67 Stephen Sweeney,Kiltane – Mayo 379 187 192
68 Paul Melvin,Bonniconlon – Mayo 371 244 127
69 Neil Masterson,Burrishoole – Mayo 364 213 151
70 Alisha McLoughlin,Aghamore – Mayo 363 166 197
71 sarah Farrell,Lacken – Mayo 358 237 121
72 Mayo Mick,Swinford – Mayo 354 255 99
73 Roger Milla,Frankfurt Sarsfields – Europe 351 219 132
74 Garryowen McMahon,Davitts – Mayo 345 272 73
75 John McNamara,Nenagh Eire Og – Tipperary 343 129 214
76 AllThings Mayo,Kiltimagh – Mayo 341 159 182
77 conor hughes,Claremorris – Mayo 328 160 168
78 Kevin Culkin,Kilfian – Mayo 310 122 188
79 P O’Connor,Ballintubber – Mayo 262 130 132
80 Mark Sheridan,Ballina Stephenites – Mayo 246 116 130

And remember, it’s the taking part that counts!

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International Rules Series

International Rules Series

Paul Earley has named his team for the upcoming International Rules Series in Australia next month.

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Paul Earley the Irish International Rules Series manager has named his team to play Australia next month. There are five Mayo natives named on the team, including Pearse Hanley who is currently playing for Brisbane Lions. The Irish manager speaking to this week has admitted that he had to make some difficult calls. He beleives that he has the strongest team possible travelling to play Australia next month. The first test is to be played in Perth on Saturday the 22nd of November.

There are four Mayo players travelling to Australia with the 25 man squad. The 4 Mayo players included in the International Rules Series team are Colm Boyle, Lee Keegan, Kevin Mc Loughlan and Aidan O’Shea. From an initial training panel of 38 the final touring team of 25 was picked after a final training session  in Croke Park last week. The 2014 Irish International rules series team are as follows;

Colm Begley (Laois), Colm Boyle (Mayo), Seán Cavanagh (Tyrone), Cathal Cregg (Roscommon), Mattie Donnelly (Tyrone), Finian Hanley (Galway), Pearse Hanley (Brisbane Lions), Darren Hughes (Monaghan), Lee Keegan (Mayo), James McCarthy (Dublin), Ciaran McDonald (Tipperary), Neil McGee (Donegal), Chrissy McKaigue (Derry), Kevin McKernan (Down), Kevin McLoughlin (Mayo), Conor McManus (Monaghan), David Moran (Kerry), Niall Morgan (Tyrone), Ross Munnelly (Laois), Michael Murphy (Donegal, captain), Colm O’Neill (Cork), Pádraig O’Neill (Kildare), Paddy O’Rourke (Meath), Aidan O’Shea (Mayo), Aidan Walsh (Cork, vice-captain).

The Irish team are due to fly out to Australia on the 12th of November. The international rules series this year will only be one test, instead of two tests as in previous years. This will make it all the more difficult on the Irish team, as well as the fact of having to travel and the intense heat there. The Irish team will get to play a warm up game against a Victorian Football League All Star team at the Sandringham VFL Grounds on Sunday, November 16. The one test series will be played at the Patterson Stadium in Perth (formerly the Subiaco Oval and the current home of AFL sides Fremantle and the West Coast Eagles) on November 22.

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Previous meetings between Ireland and Australia 

  • Series : Ireland 9, Australia 8.
  • Test matchs  38 : Ireland 20, Australia 16. ( 2 draws )
  •  Aggregate score : Ireland 2,116 – Australia 1,978.

For match day information visit Patersons Stadium website, (formally the Subiaco Oval stadium) and the home of AFL sides Fremantle and the West Coast Eagles.

Match Regulation Changes For 2015

Match Regulation Changes For 2015

Some match regulation changes for 2015 confirmed by central council.

gaa crestThe GAA Central Council met last Saturday where it was confirmed there would be some match regulation changes for 2015. One of the main regulation changes are; ” The CCCC now has the authority to withdraw sideline privileges from team officials who make derogatory comments in relation to a match official before a game or in interviews subsequent to a game. Previously, suspensions were the only penalty that could be proposed in these instances”. 

Other regulation changes which were proposed or implemented at the meeting, as was published on the GAA website. The press release from Central Council is  as follows;

“Central Council will bring a motion to Congress in February which will seek to require that a playing panel of 26 players be registered for all senior inter-county championship games by 9.00am on the Thursday before a game. With the exception of a replacement for a goalkeeper or sub-goalkeeper, no changes can be made to the registered list. The penalty for including a player not included on the registered list will be forfeiture of game. Teams will also be required to submit their starting team to the referee and to committee-in-charge at least 20 minutes before throw-in. The penalty for starting a player not on that list will also be loss of game.

Congress will also be asked to make Hawkeye a permanent feature in Croke Park while its installation in Thurles and in the re-developed stadiums in Casement Park and Páirc Uí Chaoimh is also to be prioritised

It was also confirmed that the Workgroup which was established to review the implementation of the ‘Calendar Year’ from 2016 will submit its proposals to January’s Central Council meeting.”

This new proposal about naming the teams by the Thursday before a match should mean the end of wondering will the team named in the programme on match day will be the actual team starting! It should put an end to naming “dummy” teams on match days. Only recently at this years All Ireland final between Donegal and Kerry, Jim Mc Guinness’ team was announced with Christy Toye and Paddy McBrearty named in the starting 15. When the teams lined up for the National Anthem however, Rory Kavanagh and Darach O’Connor had taken their places.

2014 Ladies All Star Nominees Announced

2014 Ladies All Star Nominees Announced

The TG4 2014 Ladies All Star nominees were announced last week.

2014 Ladies All Star Nominees

Mayo Ladies 2014 All Star nominees. Amy Bell, Fiona Mc Hale & Cora Staunton.

The TG4 2014 Ladies All Star awards ceremony will take place at the Citywest Hotel in Saggart on Saturday the 8th of November. Mayo have three nominees this year, Amy Bell, Fiona Mc Hale and Cora Staunton. The Ladies Player of the year for 2014 in Senior, Intermediate and Junior will also be announced on the night.

Best of luck to Amy, Fiona and Cora at the All Star awards from everyone here at Mayo Club 51.

The 2014 TG4 Ladies All Star Award Nominees are;

GOALKEEPERS: Ciamh  Dollard (Laois). Cliodhna O’Connor (Dublin). Linda Martin (Monaghan).

DEFENDERS: Rachel Ruddy (Dublin). Roisin Phelan (Cork). Mairead Tennyson (Armagh). Angela Walsh (Cork). Eliza Downey (Down). Sorcha Furlong (Dublin). Brid Stack (Cork). AMY BELL (MAYO). Leah Caffery (Dublin). Vera Foley (Cork). Marcella Monahan (Fermanagh). Maggie Murphy (Laois). Deirdre O’Reilly (Cork). Emer Flaherty (Galway). Sinead Goldrick (Dublin). Geraldine O‘Flynn (Cork). Sinead Burke (Galway). Siobhan Mc Grath (Dublin).

MIDFIELD: Caroline O’ Hanlon (Armagh), Caroline Little (Fermanagh), Briege Corkery (Cork), FIONA MC HALE (MAYO), Annette Clarke (Galway), Bernie Breen (Kerry).

FORWARDS: Noelle Healy (Dublin). Annie Walsh (Cork). Sinead McCleary (Armagh). Ciara O’ Sullivan (Cork). Fionnuala McKenna (Armagh). Gemma Begley (Tyrone). Sarah Houlihan (Kerry). Cora Courtney (Monaghan). Carla Rowe (Dublin), Valerie Mulcahy (Cork). Lyndsey Davey (Dublin) Barbara Hannon (Galway). Sinead Aherne (Dublin). CORA STAUNTON (MAYO), Kyla Trainor (DOWN) Lindsay Peat (Dublin). Aine Tighe (Leitrim), Aileen Pyres (Down).

The 2014 TG4 Player’s Player of the Year Nominees are;

Senior Player’s Player of the Year Nominees:

Sinead Burke (Galway)

Caroline O’Hanlon (Armagh)

Angela Walsh (Cork)

Intermediate Player’s Player of the Year Nominees:

Caroline Little (Fermanagh)

Aileen Pyres (Down)

Kyla Trainor (Down)

Junior Player’s Player of the Year Nominees:

Clara Donnelly (Wexford)

Mary Rose Kelly (Wexford)

Linda McKeon (New York)

2014 All Ireland Masters Football Final

2014 All Ireland Masters Football Final

The 2014 All Ireland Masters Football final between Mayo and Galway takes place this Saturday.

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Stephen Joyce Galway selector, Ruaidhri O’ Connor Irish TV presenter, and Kenneth Mortimer at press launch recently.

The All Ireland Masters football final between Mayo and Galway is set for this Saturday at the Clonberne Community Sports Field in Galway. Throw in is scheduled for 3.30 and will be shown live on Irish TV, channel 191 on Sky. This will be Galways 3rd All Ireland Masters football final on the run, while Mayo last won the Masters in 2009. The Gaelic Masters Association promotes itself as a competitive inter-county tournament for footballers over the age of 40.

The GAA has in recent years distanced itself from the Masters football tournament, it used to promote the game in the past. Player insurance seems to be the major stumbling block therefore it’s not covered by the GAA insurance, or the GAA player injury scheme. All the match’s are played on community pitch’s none have been played on official GAA grounds.

The GAA does still promote a masters’ competition, albeit less competitive, under its social and recreational games initiative.

“This will showcase the phenomenal interest and passion that Gaelic players still have in playing our native games despite their age,” said chairperson of the Gaelic Masters Association, James Breslin.

“This is a wonderful opportunity to showcase the effort and work of the Gaelic Masters Association and to encourage more counties to get involved with the competition.”

2014 gaelic masters finalThe Mayo Masters have to date played Tyrone, winning on a scoreline of 2-12 to 0-05. Mayo then beat Leitrim 3-14 to 1-04. Mayo again met Leitrim in the Masters football semi final this time winning by 1-06 to Leitrim 0-07 to secure a place in the final.

The Mayo v Galway final will be preceded by the Shield final between Cavan and Tyrone with throw in at 2pm.

Result : Galway 0-07, Mayo 0-06.

Mayo team ; 1 Martin Conway (Westport) 2 John Crean (Ardnaree) 3 Declan Ryan (Kilmeena) 4 John Pat Sheridan ( Burrishoole) 5 Gary Ruane (Bohola Moy Davitts) 6 Kenny Mortimor (Shrule/Glencorrib) 7 Pat Mulchrone (Kilmeena) 8 Noel Ryan ( Killala) 9 Brian Hughs (Bohola Moy Davitts 10 Darren Madden (Kilmeena) 11 Pat Fallon (Barna) 12 Anthony Mc Garry (Ballina Stephenites) 13 Noel Stagg (Hollymount/Carramore) 14 John Flannery (Balla) 15 Pat Clark (Bohola Moy Davitts)

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