Mayo's U21s start the defence of their Connacht and All-Ireland titles tomorrow afternoon in Pearse Stadium against Galway but Pat Holmes has, according to Hogan Stand, plenty of injury worries ahead of this local showdown. Senior player Aidan Campbell is a doubt (what hope has he of lasting the full 70 minutes the following day against Dublin, if he's to play against Galway tomorrow?), as are Chris Barrett and Seamus O'Shea. Galway murdered Leitrim in the opening round so our lads could be up against it in this one and, with no back door in the U21s, it could be a short campaign. Let's hope not. Throw-in time tomorrow at Salthill is 2.30 pm.
Elsewhere, Johnno was on the radio last night - wearing his politician's chapeau - on a Vincent Browne special from Breaffy. Most of the Mayo candidates were also on the programme, which was broadcast live from Breaffy in front of an invited audience, but Johnno struggled to make his presence felt in a midfield crowded out by such noted blabbermouths as Beverley Flynn and Michael Ring. Even Browne himself, who it must be said is a reprehensible toad at the best of times, was civil to The Great One, instead using him to make a few sly digs at Ring. The whole show was local politics at its very worst and it makes you wonder what on earth Johnno is doing in such ghastly company. More to the point, what impact will a General Election in May have on our chances against Galway on the 20th? Priorities, Johnno, priorities!