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I see Keith Higgins scored the last 5 points of the game to ensure Ballyhaunis drew with Tooreen in the Mayo SHC final. He scored 6 altogether - incl 4 frees and one 65. Fair play to him!

He’s a fine hurler.

Goulding retired at 30 from the Cork panel .

Some achievement by Corofin’s Kieran Fitzgerald winning his 11th senior county winners medal yesterday … 15 years after winning Sam and an All Star!

Seems like there is no end to the problems in Cork

Connacht champo not kind to Castlebar if they win Mayo - though they do get home fixtures … Very kind to Brigid’s …

Preliminary Round
Mayo champions -vs- Tourlestrane, McHale Park, 5/11/2016,

Winner preliminary -vs- Corofin, McHale Park, 13/11/2016

Aughawillan -vs- St. Brigid’s, Páirc Seán Mac Diarmada, 13/11/2016,

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From the Irish Times today …

The Munster Council has denied influencing the venue for Sunday’s Tipperary football final. Semple Stadium in Thurles might have been the preferred venue for the meeting of Loughmore-Castleiney against Moyle Rovers, but instead it will host Sunday’s Munster club hurling championship quarter-final between Thurles Sarsfields and Waterford champions Ballygunner (2.0).

The football final, meanwhile, is fixed for Leahy Park in Cashel (2.30), but according to a spokesperson for the Munster Council, that decision was down to the Tipperary county board.

Not remotely surprised by that after a discussion that I had with my cousin’s husband who trains a senior football team down there.

Malachy Clerkin writes about it in today’s IT … here’s an excerpt

In Tipperary this Sunday, the county football final is down for decision between Loughmore-Castleiney and Moyle Rovers. This is Tipperary, the story of the football summer. Tipperary, who shook up a changeless semi-final line-up by making it to the last four, the first Division Three team to do since Wexford in 2008. Tipperary, a beacon of hope for the footballing down-trodden everywhere.

But because the Munster hurling quarter-final between Thurles Sarsfields and Ballygunner is being played in Semple Stadium, the footballers will face off in Leahy Park, Cashel.

The hurling throws in at 2pm, the football at 2.30pm. So not only can no interested neutrals go to both matches, local radio can’t do full commentary on them both.

The Tipperary County Board set the date and venue for the final on the night of October 16th, after Thurles Sarsfields had won the hurling final. It was already set in stone that Thurles would play the Waterford champions on Sunday 30th, as delicious a club hurling encounter as we might see this side of Christmas.

It is the game of the day anywhere in the country this Sunday, football or hurling.

And yet the Tipp football final is up against it, by the county board’s own hand. The football board asked for Semple Stadium and came up with three different ways of playing the final there – on Saturday night, as a curtain-raiser to the hurling on Sunday or delayed to Sunday week – but were turned down on all three counts by the county board.

Connacht GAA confirm that if @TourlestraneGaa v Mayo champions finishes in a draw on Saturday November 5th, replay will be the following day

Jeeze - the club players association can’t come quick enough! Whoever wins Mayo will have played 4 weeks in a row after the final this weekend! And I would assume if it is a draw on Saturday night they will replay midweek of next week!

Mayo county final being streamed live here if anyone wants to watch it:

Senior final throws in at 7:15, Leeroy is playing in the intermediate final at 5.

Speaking of player welfare, I read a real gem during the week…

Ciaran Charlton will be lining out this evening for Kiltimagh in the IFC final.
Tomorrow he will be playing for Tooreen in the SHC final replay.
If Tooreen win that he’ll be out again on Monday against the Roscommon champions in the Connacht Semi final

Imagine winning 2 county finals and not being able to go for celebratory pints after either of them!!

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How do you know that Dan… :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:

They won’t be looking in Sligo … :stuck_out_tongue:

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Another Mayo goalkeeper - good story and enjoyable read.

Incidentally Castlebar lead Knockmore 6-4 at half time in the Mayo final - two points from Paddy Durkan.

Well Dan - bit of a shock in Roscommon with Four Roads’ bid for nine SHC titles in-a-row coming unstuck against Oran after ET in the replay, it finished 2-15 to 1-12.

That’s big shocks in Armagh, Laois and Ulster hurling … others elsewhere too

Castlebar 3-13 Knockmore 0-10. Cracking 1-3 from Paddy Durkan - some player. Only 5,375 there - seems a poor enough crowd given the decent weather conditions and the winners at home?

Yeah Mitchels deserving winners tonight. Knockmore did well in the first half, kicked a few quality points from play, but couldn’t sustain it.

Douglas played well for castlebar again, 1-2 from play and a couple of long range frees. Durcan was excellent but went off injured in the second half. Looked like he’d done his hammer at first but I think it might just have been cramp. They definitely can’t afford to lose him with the games coming thick and fast.

Unfortunately, this toolbox decided to take the Mayo GAA fascination with Dublin GAA to a new level with this tweet. What the hell it was trying to achieve is something I’m hoping he might respond to?

Most dedicated fans in the country …obsessed with Dublin . Tis great to see , only took us winning a few AIs for everybody to be up in our business .

Love it. Absolutely love it.