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The Connacht club championship could be set for the most ridiculous bit of fixture congestion yet

Published 26/10/2016 | 10:46

The rapid-fire run off of club championship games over the last few weekends has provided great entertainment for GAA fans while being far from ideal for the players involved.

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For years, many clubs players have railed against the scheduling of fixtures, often going months without playing meaningful games before being forced to play a host of matches in a condensed period of time due to the elongated inter-county season.

Last week, Declan Brennan, a former Monaghan selector, announced his plan to start a Club Players Association to tackle that issue amongst other, with one 'appalled' Roscommon club looking to start up the first branch.

Kilmore won the Roscommon intermediate final replay and were forced to play their Connacht quarter-final less than 24 hours later. The weekend before, Donegal intermediate champions Burt suffered the same fate.

Those cases of fixture congestion resulted in one team being forced into a ridiculous turnaround but there could be an upcoming scenario in the Connacht club football championship where two teams experience that misfortune.

Corofin won their third straight Galway football title last Sunday, booking their place in the Connacht semi-final as a result. They will face the winners of the quarter-final clash between Sligo champions Tourlestrane and whoever comes out victorious in the Mayo decider between Knockmore and Castlebar Mitchels.

That Connacht quarter-final is due to take place on Saturday November 5, and RTE are reporting that if the game finishes in a draw, the replay will take place the following day, disadvantaging both teams.

With the Mayo county final taking place this Saturday, there is also the possibility that another draw could take place, adding further fixture chaos to the schedule.

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