Thursday 26 April 2018

Colm O'Rourke: Lateral thinking goes missing for summer kick-off

In case you haven't noticed, the race for Sam starts in earnest today with games in all provinces. The promotion and planning of these matches is dismal in the extreme and the organisation of four championship games within a short distance of each other shows a complete lack of co-ordination between the provincial councils.

In particular, the games involving Roscommon and Galway in Roscommon, Longford and Laois in Longford and Cavan and Donegal in Cavan are all within a short distance of each other but are governed by three separate provincial councils who obviously were not talking. From Longford, Roscommon is just down the road and the same is true of Cavan on the other side. This lack of foresight will affect the attendances at all three venues.

With so much top-class sport on yesterday the GAA should have been trying to start the championship with a bang not a whimper. And the team to do that was All-Ireland champions Dublin. If it meant a bit of a rigged draw then so be it -- there are plenty in the GAA who have degrees in that sort of thing -- but Dublin in Croke Park with a huge promotion was the place to get the ball rolling.

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