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.

International rules series Subiaco Oval 2014

Patersons Stadium Perth. Photo via

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)

2015 Mayo Season Ticket

2015 Mayo Season Ticket

The 2015 Mayo Season Ticket Is Up For Renewal.

croke parke season ticket

The 2015 Mayo Season Ticket can be renewed from the 1st of October for existing season ticket holders for €85, an increase from €75 last year. At the moment the Mayo GAA Croke Park season ticket is sold out and is only open to renewals from existing Mayo season ticket holders. If the Mayo season ticket does become available for new applicants it can be purchased from the 1st of November at a base price of  €95 for adults.  Juvenile season tickets remain €10.

What’s included?

– All Mayo’s Allianz League matches plus all League semi-finals and finals or relegation play-offs.
– AIB GAA Club Championship All-Ireland Finals in Croke Park on St. Patrick’s Day.
– AIB GAA Club Junior and Intermediate All-Ireland Finals in selected code.
– Mayo’s opening Connacht Championship fixture.
– €5 off future ticket prices (execpt the Connacht final and All Ireland final, full ticket price applies)
– Further special offers for various GAA fixtures.

You will also get a small discount during the Championship – Pay per play starts after the Connacht Semi-Final.

We would recommend that, if you are a GAA Season Ticket holder, to organise yourself, your family and/or mates into the Seating Ticket Groups. You can add up to 10 tickets to the group which, in the long run, may help us rally the troops if and when we reach Croker. You can find information on group seating here. If you are on your own and want to join up with one of the groups made up of the good folk from Club ’51, then click here for information on joining a Mayo Club 51 group!

There is an interesting change in the 2015 Season Tickets T&C’s. Point No. 56 states;

GAA reserves the right to request identification to confirm the identity of the Season Ticket Holder.

Now we are not too sure what this means at the moment. Since the season ticket scheme began in 2009, your season ticket was always transferable. If you could not attend a match you could give your ticket to someone else to use. We will be in contact with the season ticket office to clarify this and will let you know in due course.

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