Sunday, March 18, 2007
Galway v Leitrim drowned with the shamrocks
Galway and Leitrim were meant to face off at Pearse Stadium yesterday in the U21 Connacht championship for the right to meet the reigning U21 Connacht and All-Ireland champions (that's our lads) on the 31st of this month. However, the match was rained off and is now refixed for Ballinasloe next Saturday (24th) at 3.30pm. My thanks to the excellent Leitrim GAA website (one which, incidentally, puts Mayo's official site to shame) for this information, which the national media deigned not to carry. RTE's sports news (about which there's a rant brewing but not one to be had now) was full of the rugby yesterday evening (the momentous cricket story was only bubbling up at that stage) and only covered the club final action from Croker. Not to worry, I thought, it'll be on Aertel. Hmmm. If there is a more useless information service out there anywhere (and there's another rant queuing up to be had about this so-called service), I'd like to know about it. Up to last night, the fixture was listed but the scores were left blank, as if they couldn't be arsed to fill it in. Then today, they put up the score as "Galway 0-00, Leitrim 0-00". The first-ever scoreless Gaelic football match, I thought, until the good people of Leitrim set me straight. One more reason to shout for them the next day against Galway.