Three seperate incidents have annoyed me somewhat in the world of Gaa and all have come in the space of three days and all involving three different codes. In mens football, the Kildare IFC, in Ladies Football, Meath club fixtures and then a mixture of Ladies Football and Camogie also in Meath.
Firstly a pop at Kildare Gaa. I attended Raheens v Rathangan and Ballyteague v Kill, both in St. Conleth’s Park on Sunday and both in round 3 of the Kildare IFC. No problems there. Two very competitive and enjoyable games. Well done to Raheens and Ballyteague on qualifying for the quarter finals. They were joined later that day by Two Mile House and Monasterevan as the 4 qualifiers from round 3. Kilcock, St.Kevins, Clogherinkoe and Suncroft got there a week earlier with victories in round 2.
So here’s my gripe. All eight teams were through by Sunday evening, with the quarter finals fixed for two weeks time. So the obvious thing for the county board to do was make make the draw after the Two Mile House/Sallins game (last game of the day) so as to give all teams involved two full weeks prepartion with an idea in mind who their opponents would be.
Now as I said that was the obvious thing to do. The draw will not be made until after this weekends SFC game (a totally different competition) between Confey and Round Towers, giving all eight IFC sides and more importantly their management teams just one week to plan for the opposition.
Am I the only one bemused by this? If there is a valid reasoning for this, I would love to know what it is.
Now to Meath LGFA and the timing or should I say poor timing of their championship fixtures for this week. For the past few weeks the county footballers have been the centre of attention and rightly so for their exploits in reaching the All-Ireland IFC semi finals. Credit to all involved and hard luck in going down to a strong Tipperary side in their own back yard by only three points in the end after been thirteen odd points behind at one stage.
And how do we repay our heroes? With a weeks rest and chance maybe to let their hair down after a long hard season and a late night Saturday returning from Tipp? No we fire them straight back into club action on the Monday night, with all the panel (probably still sore physically and emotionally) from Saturday evening, lining out for their clubs in the SFC, IFC and JFC in must win games and expectations high because after all she’s the county girl. And we talk about burnout!!
Lastly and this one is from today. Wednesday, two days after the ladies last lined out. This may sound like a contradiction but maybe it’s a good thing this following game was cancelled, the county footballers involved can have a rest. But it’s the mannner in which it was cancelled.
Blackhall Gaels were due to play Moynalvey in the Ladies IFC. A massive local derby, with the added bite that the loser would be more or less relegated. Players probably left for work this morning, gear bag in tow, meals planned for the day, parents and partners told to be in Kilcloon for 7.30. Then just like that, on the day of the game, the two clubs get notification from the county board that the game is off. Off. Off because the county’s Camogie team have a media night tonight and all players are expected to attend.
We knew about this media night a week ago. Nothing against the Camogie team, it’s a great idea and I am all for promoting the game as they get set for their All-Ireland final Sunday week.
But I think and correct me if I am wrong but from Blackhall’s team on Monday night, nobody involved will be worrying the starting 15 for the county Camogie team. Moynalvey, I am told have a few but I am sure they could have been excused for championship football.
So despite only two days since there last game, I think this one would have been better going ahead than been cancelled hours before throw in.
That’s all folks. I promise I am not always this grumpy!!!