A year ago I was keen on the fact that Mayo was a fully-based football county, I never thought in a million years I would be attending a hurling match in Mayo but it turns out I got to fall in love with a hurley and sliotar.
My good friend Adrian Hession suggested that I attended Tooreen vs Ballyhaunis in Ballyhaunis club grounds and with a victorious Toreen side, I admitted I caught the love bug for hurling.
I got to give my support to a brilliant group of lads who were showing the people of Mayo that Mayo isn’t just a football county and it’s safe to sya Hurling is alive and well in County Mayo to this day.
This weekend Tooreen B and Tooreen seniors get to take to the field in their respective finals against Westport and Ballyhaunis.
To0reen will be going into these two games as favourites after an amazing 2021 season and there is no doubt many will be happy to see the hurling buzz back in Mayo.
Being senior and underage we all know Tooreen have exceptional players at Senior/ Junior and players coming through the ranks that make them the great team they are and many will say last year was last year the odds go in Tooreen’s favour after just coming short to the Naas hurlers in last seasons campaign.
Last year Tooreen vs Ballyhaunis was the first hurling match I went to and being honest I felt like it was kind of like a hidden world because as I have said before Mayo as a county are so focused on the hunt for Sam Maguire and I completely forgot that there is a life outside Sam Maguire.
Now away from the playing side of things, Not enough can be said about the brilliant men behind the helmets and hurls.
Above is only a picture of select players but the level of play and just how great Ray Larkin and these men are is another story in itself.
Seeing how he works with the team as a native you are proud to have a great man leading the club alongside Shane Boland as captain.
Throughout last season the joy those lads brought to a small village in County Myo.
Wishing Tooreen Seniors and Tooreen B the best of luck this weekend, the blue and white dominance will continue fingers crossed.