ON an amazing Sunday on which the Mayo senior and minor teams qualified for the All-Ireland finals, to make it a first ever senior and minor double attempt, it might be no harm to spare a thought for the ladies of the county who were most unfortunate to make their exit form the championship against Kerry by a single point in the quarterfinal.
I think the two pictures attached tell the story which words may find hard to describe as the emotions of the contrasting results are captured on camera.
Hectares of print have been devoted by the media on Mayo’s great championship run and I’m not going to dwell on it much further here as we await our date with destiny
on September 22.
But the recurring theme which comes up every time people bring up the possibility of Mayo finally making the breakthrough after 68 years is the word ‘different’.
There is something different about the class of 2013.
Losers is a phrase I abhor and it is certainly one I never apply in sport to any team or individual.
The ladies did us proud, losing out by a point, and while much is being made of this Mayo senior and minor teams, I know for sure they are winners regardless of how things pan out, such has been the entertainment they have given us this year.
But, wouldn’t it be great if they could now finish the job? Good luck lads and girls, there is always next year.
Watching Mayo win in Kosovo
THIS young Mayo supporter, Dylan Brett, from Castlebar, was watching the All-Ireland in Kosovo with his mum Lisa, while his dad Paul came all the way home to attend the retirement party of his dad, Michael Brett, who has stepped down from a long and distinguished teaching career, finishing as principal of Ballinrobe Community School.
Daughters Elaine (London) and Sorcha (Florida) also came home for the big occasion and we can only wish Michael a happy retirement, which now gives him the opportunity to work on his golf and try and match the superb golfing skills of his wife and coach, Veina.
He told me many years ago he would only retire when he was convinced Mayo would win the All-Ireland title so the portents are good. Meanwhile, Dylan will be watching the final in Kosovo and has told me, at all of four months now, that Mayo will win Sam to mark the year of his birth.
Quote of the week
“It has now become a matter of great importance that Mayo win the All-Ireland as by my reckoning, they will have exceeded the statue of limitations.” Long-suffering Mayo supporter, and boxing legend, Paddy ‘vis-à-vis’ Kilgallon, musing on the prospects of Mayo landing the All-Ireland title before time runs out - perhaps for us all.
Niamh’s shoe mystery solved
The mystery of young Swinford’s Hazel Lavin running (see photo) shoes in the HSE Community Games national finals in Athlone last week has been solved.
Niamh, who won a fourth place medal in the finals, appeared to be running in the finals in her socks while carrying her running shoes in right hand.
However, it has transpired that Niamh when arriving at the start of her race was not allowed to wear spikes and therefore had to leave her shoes at the start and run in her
socks. After the finish of the race, Niamh ran back to the start to get her shoes and was pictured running back up the track holding them in her hand.
THE winner of this week’s €50 free bet courtesy of Ladbrokes, Castlebar, was Paddy McGovern, Castlebar, who correctly told us Missunited was the winner of the Galway
This week’s question: What are the Godolphin colours?
A. Red. B. White or C. Blue.