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LIVE AND RAW Cameraman Anthony Moran of localstreaming.com (left) is pictured with commentator Adrian Hession, and analysts Anthony Jordan and Frank Flynn during the Mayo Under 21 ‘A’ Final in Bekan. Pic: Michael Donnelly

Mike Finnerty

SOMETIMES it can be hard to find anything worth watching on TV on Christmas week.
Thankfully for those of us with an interest in Mayo GAA, the ‘mandarins’ at localstreaming.club decided to broadcast last Wednesday evening’s County U-21 ‘A’ Football Final between Aghamore and Moy Davitts.
So on December 30 the last match of the year was ‘live’ from Bekan and beamed into my sitting-room in Ballinrobe via the wonders of modern technology.
And it left Mrs Brown’s Boys and Iron Man and Willie Wonka’s Chocolate Factory in the ha’penny place!
If the future of local broadcasting includes being able to watch county club championship matches from the comfort of your own home on your I-Pad, then count me in!
Considering the localstreaming lads only had four or five hours to pull it all together, after the match was switched from Castlebar, this was five-star stuff.
Well-known hurling coach, Adrian Hession from Tooreen, filled the role of presenter/commentator with Anthony Jordan and Frank Flynn riding shot-gun on analysis.
They made it sound easy. (Trust me, it’s not!)
Adrian told us early on that cameraman/IT guru Anthony Moran had “pulled technological rabbits out of the hat” to make the broadcast possible after the venue switch.
Before the start, Adrian also reminded us that, “The throw-in has been delayed due to traffic congestion in the Bekan area. We don’t get to say that too often!”
Hession was on fire.
“I have no contact lenses, I have no glasses, so this could be a free-for-all. Anybody could get credit for anything,” he told us in the opening minutes.
He also sounded a note of caution after remarking that the crowd was bigger than anything he’d ever seen in Bekan.
“I’ve been here at matches before when things have got out of hand,” he warned ominously.
Anthony Jordan was in rare form too.
He’s known as a handy forward with Moy Davitts but he also sounds like he’s got John Casey’s gig with Mid West in his sights!
“What a masterstroke to take this game out of MacHale Park. It would have been a slugfest down there. This is a great game,” he chirped at one stage during the first half.
Much later in the game, after Aghamore ran in their fifth goal to put the seal on the win, Adrian Hession issued a ‘shout out’ to the broadcast sponsors, ‘Moran’s Bar’ back in Aghamore.
“Whatever you need to get ready, get ready. The chip pan or whatever. . We’ll be down in an hour!” roared Hession.
Quick as a flash, Anthony Jordan quipped: “Because after a County U-21 Final, what you want is chips. . Isn’t that right, Adrian?”
Jordan also hailed Fergal Boland’s display as “one of the best individual performances” he’d ever seen in a County Final, before lamenting the fact that the match had been played on the Bekan astroturf.
“We might not have got 5-17 scored in MacHale Park tonight, but Moy Davitts might have won the game,” he mused.
When the final whistle sounded our mind was cast back to 2005 when a small boy used to travel to Ballinrobe with his dad, who was the manager of our local club’s senior football team that season.
The young lad always had a ball in his hand and his father (no bad judge of a footballer) often said that he thought the boy could play.
That boy was James Lyons who scored 2-4 and played a starring role last week for this Aghamore under 21 team that are now managed by his father, Jimmy.
You wouldn’t see it in a Christmas movie!


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