Monday 18 December 2017

Colm O'Rourke: At least things should only get better after Ulster's false start

Poor standards on the field are exacerbated by poor decisions off it, writes Colm O'Rourke

Colm O'Rourke

Colm O'Rourke

Those who often express the opinion that the GAA can't organise anything properly must have felt completely justified in their views after last week's match between Donegal and Antrim.

Of course, it may well be that this was a masterstroke on the GAA's part to get all the bad news out of the way. The GAA went for two teams who would handpass a thousand times, organised a bit of rain, fleeced the customers going into the stand and didn't worry about the flak, knowing it would all be over in a week. With that out of the way, from now on it will be all sweetness and light.

If only it was that simple. What the last couple of weeks have revealed is an organisation which is certainly not customer-friendly for a start. There is a sense of complete removal from reality. Charging €27 into the stand in Ballybofey last Sunday got a response. The supporters just stayed away -- €20 would have been more than enough to charge. Have the people who decide these things not heard of the new Ireland where every euro is precious? It will be interesting to see if the Ulster Council are willing to admit their stupidity and reduce prices from now on.

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