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3 talking points from club championship weekend


COMING THROUGHKiltane’s Tommy Conroy tries to block Davitts’ Patrick Keadin during Saturday evening’s Mayo SFC clash in Castlebar. Pic: Michael Donnelly

James steals show in Charlestown

IT was all hands on deck in Charlestown GAA Club last Saturday with a double header of senior championship matches on the agenda.
The East Mayo club always run a good show and helping hands are never an issue, with plenty of ‘Hi-Vis’ vests, tea-makers and club officials floating around to make sure everything was running smoothly.
But a special mention must go to young James Breheny who was doing trojan work behind the scenes to make sure everything ran like clockwork. The 11 year-old son of Charlestown GAA club chairman, Liam, was operating the scoreboard, collecting stats from the games on his iPhone and even lending a hand on the PA system!
We’re reliably informed that when he’s he not doing all that, you’ll see him on the sideline as ‘maor uisce’ for some Charlestown teams.
Club stalwart Ciaran McBrien was awarded the Mayo News Club Stars Volunteer of the Year Award in 2017, but don’t be surprised if James Breheny is in the mix for it soon too! - Ger Flanagan

Davitts find some good form again
DID you hear the one about the team that are playing in Division 3 of the Mayo Senior League but have made it into the quarter-finals of the county senior championship?
Take a bow, Davitts! The Ballindine/Irishtown club have made a mockery of their league position to qualify for the last eight after wins over Moy Davitts and Kiltane.
And, as Colm Boyle told The Mayo News Football Podcast, it’s not before time after a few hard years since they came up from Intermediate at the end of 2011.
Padraic Costello’s charges are in bonus territory now. - Mike Finnerty

Atmosphere falls flat in Castlebar
WE have to wonder about the logic of bringing two Intermediate championship games into MacHale Park last Sunday. Sure, it made sense from a geographical point of view but it also resulted in a desperate lack of atmosphere with no more than around 400 spectators present.
Even from the media box, it was easy to make out the voices from the crowd.
One particular voice outweighed everyone else though as legendary Mayo and Kiltimagh supporter, John Regan, never stopped shouting encouragement all afternoon to his team. - John Brennan

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