The fiasco of the RTE Raidio na Gaeltachta Senior Championship quarter-final fixtures continues with no decision made until tonight (Monday).
Players, clubs, sponsors and the media are left with their plans up in the air until a decision is made whether the games go ahead next weekend or revert to their original date of 14/15 September.
The best guess is that the hasty decision taken last weekend after Donegal’s exit of the championship to Mayo to play the games next weekend will be reversed at tonight’s meeting. But then again we will not know until then!
There are many questions to be asked about how this fiasco has arisen. The dates set at the quarter-final draw were probably ill-advised with no provision made for an All-Ireland Championship exit for Donegal against Mayo.
But when the decision was made to have the quarter-finals on 14/15 September, clubs and players made their plans around that.
Surely there should have been a provision made for Donegal’s earlier exit and this would have avoided the present fiasco.
The September dates leave a huge gap but could there be a compromise arranged?
The quarter-finals could be arranged for the first two weekends of September with games on Saturday and Sunday evenings, thereby avoiding clashing with the All-Ireland semi-final (Dublin/Kerry) and the All-Ireland hurling final.
It is learned that seven of the eight clubs involved in the quarter-finals have an issue with next weekend’s fixtures (MacCumhaill’s beingthe odd one out).
Another question is why leave the decision until tonight (Monday)? Could this not have been tidied up at the end of last week which would have given certainty to clubs around training and preparation.
Both the Competitions Control Committee (fixtures committee) and county management are due to meet tonight to finally decide. What a way to treat the main competition and its sponsor.
The big clash of Glenswilly and Kilcar is the main talking point ahead of those quarter-finals. The south-west side have Ashley Carr back from his travels in India and there is word that Noel Hegarty is homeward bound from Australia.