Thursday 29 September 2016

Semi-finals in Kerry, first round in Kildare - why is that?

Published 24/08/2016 | 02:30

'It appears inexcusable that a county like Kildare fits in only one round of the MFC by the end of August.' Stock photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
'It appears inexcusable that a county like Kildare fits in only one round of the MFC by the end of August.' Stock photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

Here's a tale from the minor football grade in Kerry and Kildare, who clash in the All-Ireland semi-final on Sunday.

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The Kerry semi-finals (East Kerry v St Brendan's; Firies v Mid Kerry) will be played next Wednesday evening, whereas Kildare have completed the first round only.

Presumably, if Kildare, who have never won the minor All-Ireland and who last reached the final in 1973, beat Kerry, their local championship will be put back until after the clash with Galway on September 18. Meanwhile, Kerry will know their final pairing this day week.

This is the type of inconsistency across various counties that frustrates players to the edge of distraction.

It appears inexcusable that a county like Kildare fits in only one round of the MFC by the end of August, especially since there will have been a four-week gap between the quarter-final win over Mayo and Sunday's clash with Kerry.

Any wonder players are angry over fixtures, and that the GAA continues to lose some of its finest young talent to other codes?

Irish Independent

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