The Donegal Competitions’ Control Committee (CCC) last night opted against the novel proposition to play the RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta SFC final on a Friday night.
Glenswilly yesterday made the request through the Donegal County Board to move their final meeting with Killybegs to Friday, October 25, to alleviate a club versus country quandary for Ireland’s International Rules captain Michael Murphy.
However, the CCC decided the final will take place on the originally scheduled date of Sunday, October 20, which is less than 24 hours after the first Test between Ireland and Australia at Kingspan Breffni Park in Cavan. Moving the final back seven days to Sunday, October 27, was not feasible as that is the day following the second Test at Croke Park.a
Glenswilly delegate Barry Pat McDaid proposed a motion at Monday night’s monthly meeting of the Donegal County Board to request the Ulster Council to postpone the Ulster club championship clash between the Donegal champions, whoever they may be, and St Gall’s of Antrim from November 3.
County secretary Aodh Máirtín O’Fearraigh made the request to the Ulster Council ahead of their CCC meeting last night. However, it was later withdrawn on the behest of Glenswilly, who alternatively proposed playing the final as a standalone fixture under the floodlights at MacCumhaill Park in Ballybofey on Friday, October 25. However, the CCC felt it was not a practical move.
“Donegal CCC have today considered a request from CLG Glenswilly to reschedule the 2013 County Senior Championship Final,” read a statement released on the matter.
“Having considered all the major factors involved, the CCC has concluded that the final will go ahead as planned on Sunday October 20.
“We fully understand and appreciate CLG Glenswilly’s desire to accommodate their player and Donegal captain Michael Murphy but regrettably no practical solution that would resolve all the associated difficulties surrounding the current circumstances has presented itself.
“The CCC would however like to wish Michael Murphy and the Ireland team every success in the International Rules Series.”
Irish International Rules manager Paul Earley yesterday named a 29-man provisional panel for the Series made up of players from 15 counties. Zach Tuohy is the only current AFL player on the Irish panel. A native of Portlaoise, Tuohy currently plays for Carlton.
Aidan Walsh was named as Irish vice-captain but he, like his former housemate Murphy whilst the pair studied at DCU, might also find himself in a similar position.
Walsh’s club Kanturk are due to face Fermoy in the Cork IHC semi-final this Saturday with the winners due to meet Éire Óg in the final on Sunday, October 27.