Weather plays havoc with GAA fixtures

Thursday, 26 October 2017

THE weather played havoc with the Offaly GAA fixtures schedule last week. Storm Brian on Saturday saw a number of fixtures fall by the wayside, leading to pressure on the Offaly Competitions Control Committee who want to get the schedule wrapped up as soon as possible.

Among the fixtures cancelled on Saturday were the two Minor Hurling Championship semi-finals between Kilcormac/Killoughey and St Rynagh's, and Ballinamere/Durrow and Ferbane/Bemont, the Minor "B" Hurling Championship final between Edenderry and CRC Gaels and the Leinster Club Junior Football and Hurling Championship ties, Erin Rovers v Ballymore Eustace and Ballinamere v Fr Dalton's.

Sunday's Division 1 Football League final between Rhode and Ferbane was also called off on Saturday.

A couple of fixtures did survive but at different venues. The Division 2 Hurling League final replay was switched from Moystown to Banagher on Sunday with Lusmagh beating Brosna Gaels while the Leinster Intermediate Football Championship first round was switched from Durrow to Faithful Fields in Kilcormac with Durrow recording a predictable win over Kilkenny's Mullinavat.

A number of those games will now take place in the coming week. Ballinamere play Fr Dalton's under lights in Mullingar's St Loman's on Wednesday night and Erin Rovers host Ballymore Eustace on Saturday in the Leinster club games.

The Minor Hurling Championship semi-finals are refixed for Monday in Shinrone (K/K v St Rynagh's) and Rath (Ballinamere/Durrow v Ferbane/Belmont) as is the minor B hurling final but at a venue to be confirmed - last Saturday's match was fixed for St Brendan's Park in Birr.

The Division 1 Football League final can't be played next weekend as Rhode are playing Portlaoise in the Leinster Club Senior Football Championship next Sunday, and it has not been refixed yet.


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