New year club finals an option as bad weather causes havoc
IF THE big freeze continues and the rescheduled provincial club finals are unable to go ahead next weekend they are likely not to be played until after Christmas.
The Arctic conditions forced Ulster and Munster to follow Leinster yesterday as the entire weekend provincial fixture list was wiped out.
All the provinces have now postponed their club finals until the weekend of December 11/12 and remain hopeful that they will be able to go ahead then.
Ulster secretary Danny Murphy said that they will have a meeting to discuss their options if their finals have to be called off again next weekend, which would be their third postponement.
And Munster PRO Jim Forbes hinted that, if forced to reschedule, they are unlikely to fix their senior football final between Nemo Rangers and Dr Crokes for December 18. "That would be only a week before Christmas and the last shopping weekend beforehand and I couldn't see the sense of scheduling such a big game that weekend," Forbes said.
Murphy indicated that they too would review their options if hit by further delays and would take into account the clubs' wishes.
Ulster were forced to postpone all of their club football finals for the second week running yesterday after early pitch inspections of Clones and Kingspan Breffni Park.
Murphy said they were also guided by the danger on the province's roads and both Donegal and Armagh, the counties of senior finalists Naomh Chonaill and Crossmaglen, were hit again yesterday with fresh snow.
Ulster's intermediate final has been refixed for Kingspan Breffni Park for this day week, while the junior and senior finals have been rescheduled for Clones again tomorrow week.
Elsewhere, Sligo have refuted rumours that they are having problems paying local referees' expenses. "There is absolutely no truth in that whatsoever," said Sligo referees administrator Pat Conway. "All of our 2010 expenses are due to be paid at our annual function on December 12."
Today's Galway hurling convention -- reconvened from last Wednesday -- will decide whether or not to follow the seniors and enter their U-21 and minor hurlers into the Leinster championships. There is increased speculation that the motion will be passed.
The Oughterard club are proposing an interesting motion to Monday night's Galway football convention that reflects the country's economic crisis; that a position of careers officer should be created in all county boards.
- Kildare's junior football captain Niall Browne has reportedly been approached by Clare senior manager Micheal McDermott about declaring for the Banner county under the parentage rule, as his mother hails from Clare.