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Tuesday 27 September 2016

Mayo club tie anxiety as Acheson bids adieu

Peter Acheson
Peter Acheson

Mayo are pressing ahead with a full round of local club championship fixtures this weekend, despite qualifying for next month's All-Ireland SFC final

It means that most of Stephen Rochford's panel will be in club action just three weeks out from their September 18 showdown with either Dublin or Kerry.

In advance of last Sunday's win over Tipperary, the county board had pencilled in the third and final round of the Mayo senior and intermediate championship group stages for next Saturday and Sunday.

As matters stand this schedule hasn't changed and the games will go ahead, although the local CCC is meeting tonight.

The most high-profile game will see Ballintubbber take on Aghamore in a winner-takes-all collision. Five Mayo panellists are set to be involved here - Cillian and Diarmuid O'Connor plus Alan Dillon for Ballintubber, along with Brendan Harrison and Alan Freeman for Aghamore.

Brian Gavin
Brian Gavin

Anxious

Presuming the games go ahead, Rochford will be keeping an anxious watching brief in the hope that his star men avoid injuries.

Meanwhile, as Tipperary are left to lament Sunday's defeat, they must also plot without skipper Peter Acheson for all of next season - and possibly longer.

Acheson, who played through the pain barrier of a broken hand on Sunday, confirmed afterwards that he is emigrating to Dubai with his girlfriend next year and maybe "for the foreseeable future".

The GAA has confirmed its All-Ireland hurling final referees, with Offaly's Brian Gavin to take charge of the Kilkenny/Tipperary showdown - his fourth senior assignment. John Keenan of Wicklow will referee the Tipp/Limerick minor decider.

John Brudair has quit as Limerick football manager after three years at the Shannonside helm.

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