Ulster likely to follow Leinster lead and defer full programme
THE Leinster Council called off its entire programme of matches fixed for the weekend yesterday, while an Ulster council official admitted it was likely they would follow suit.
The two Leinster senior club finals have been postponed until Sunday, December 12, while the Ulster football decider is also likely to be pushed back a week as the cold snap continues to take its toll.
The Leinster SHC final between O'Loughlin Gaels and Oulart-The Ballagh is now on its third date having already been deferred from last Sunday. Although Gaels boss Mick Nolan has called for it to be postponed until the new year, it has been refixed for Sunday week.
The junior and special junior hurling deciders have also been postponed, making it a full programme for Leinster next week, with the intermediate and junior football finals also scheduled.
A decision on the Ulster senior, intermediate and junior football finals will be made following an inspection of Clones and Kingspan Breffni Park today. The senior final between Crossmaglen and Naomh Conaill is part of a double-header with the junior final at Clones on Sunday, while the intermediate final is slated for tomorrow night at Cavan's headquarters.
"We're doing a pitch inspection for both grounds and will know at lunchtime what we're going to do," Ulster Council fixtures administrator Stephen Donnelly said. Moving the fixtures back a week, as Leinster has is an option, but a decision has yet to be made.
The Ulster champions are due to play Neasden Gaels, but in the event of a cancellation this weekend, the CCC (Competitions Control Committee) would most likely push that game back when it meets on Monday.
The Leinster Council is already contemplating its competitions not being completed until next year, after secretary Michael Delaney admitted failure to play the finals on December 12 would see them pushed back to the end of January.
Munster's senior football final between Dr Crokes and Nemo Rangers, fixed for Sunday in Limerick, looks set to go ahead.