LIFE could be about to get very busy indeed for Lixnaw's footballers and hurlers.
Indeed, they could be about to embark on one of the busiest periods of activity of any players in the history of Kerry GAA. If they keep winning that is – winning in the County Senior Hurling Championship Final, winning in the County Senior Football Championship and winning in the County Intermediate Football Championship Final. Victory this weekend with Feale Rangers would set them up for a County SFC semi-final date on October 14.
Victory next weekend in the county hurling decider would set them up for a first round Munster Intermediate Hurling Championship on November 4 – just a week after a County Senior Football Final, which they still have a chance of reaching. If they won all those games that would just leave them with one weekend – that of October 21 – to play their County Intermediate Football Championship Final against Spa.
Victory in that would give them a Munster Intermediate Football Championship date on November 11 meaning that, at a minimum, they would have played seven weekends on-the-trot. It's somewhat unlikely to happen, some team is bound to slip up somewhere along the line, but naturally enough there's a decent enough chance that it might happen. The reason for the crammed nature of the next month is as a result of looming Munster Championship deadlines.
With Kerry's participation in the Munster Senior Football Championship beginning on November 4 (and the Munster IFC on November 11), the County Board have left themselves with little or no leeway for running off the latter stages of their most prestigious competitions, which will, no doubt, leave some to question how we have found ourselves in the position we're in.
The delay to the County Senior Hurling Championship final by a week, owing to the replayed All Ireland Senior Hurling Final hasn't helped matters, but surely can't be cited as the sole reason for this fixtures backlog.
This potential fixtures glut could also have knock -on effects for the North Kerry Board, with their senior championship in limbo at present as they wait to discover when Finuge can play their first round game against Duagh. As we've noted that could be as late as Mid November. It could possibly even be later still if Lixnaw and or Finuge made progess in Munster.