County Senior Hurling Final 2021

  • Nov 11,2021

Battle royale expected in Mayo GAA Senior Hurling Final

They live together, work together and hurl together for Mayo; but come Saturday afternoon, friendships will matter little when Tooreen and Ballyhaunis Hurling Clubs lock horns in the Mayo GAA Senior Hurling Final.

Tooreen Hurling Club Chairperson Dom Greally was bullish when he stated “winning means everything to our parish.  It doesn’t matter how many times you get to the final, it is all about getting over the line,” he told www.mayogaa.com.  In the opposite corner Gerry Lyons, the Ballyhaunis Hurling Club Chairman Gerry Lyons never flinched.  “Our lads are ready, there is an unbelievable buzz in the town and come Saturday they will give it everything,” he responded. 

The two management teams are also excited about their prospects and especially to be still playing competitive hurling late in November.  “Preparations have gone really well, the lads have trained exceptionally hard and everyone is raring to go,” Tooreen manager Ray Larkin told www.mayogaa.com this week. “Games between Ballyhaunis and Tooreen are always a battle and it will be no different come Saturday,” he said. 

Ballyhaunis hurling coach Frank Browne was listening attentively to Larkin this week.  Browne is a passionate hurling advocate.  He has travelled the byroads of Ireland promoting and nurturing the game.  “Anytime you are still training when the lights go on is a good year,” he told www.mayogaa.com.  “Players want to play and we are so lucky this year in Ballyhaunis to have our hurlers and footballers in back-to-back County Finals.  We have momentum and the lads are enjoying it.  We just cannot wait for Saturday,” he said.

The success of the Mayo senior hurlers in the Nicky Rackard All-Ireland Hurling Final in Croke Park earlier this summer provided an enormous boost to the small ball game in the county.  New hurling role models have emerged and while Keith Higgins still holds ‘legend’ status in the hurling fraternity, names like Shane Boland, Cormac Philips, Eoin Delaney, Jason Coyne and many more are now also known across the county.   Good days certainly lie ahead for Mayo Hurling.  The Mayo Senior Hurling Final between Tooreen and Ballyhaunis is LIVE on www.mayogaatv.com from 1:50pm, this Saturday, 13th November.