Thursday 14 December 2017

Colm O'Rourke: There is some method in this midweek madness

Colm O'Rourke

Colm O'Rourke

For much of the GAA's 126-year existence, there has only been one day in the week when it comes to games. Sunday morning was for Mass and the afternoon for football. It served a purpose but as neolithic GAA man has begun to emerge from the ice age over the last 20 years or so, he has realised there is a new era of equality and that Sunday afternoon is not completely a male preserve. This is family time.

The GAA reaction has been one of flexibility, more games on Saturdays either under lights or during the evening when the qualifiers in the championship take centre stage.

The effect on club football has been to cramp space more. Live TV means Sunday afternoon is out while more games on Saturdays often reduces crowds at club matches. On two occasions over the last few months I have seen the future (I did not climb any mountain and I would not know what the promised land looked like even if I saw it). Rather it was something much more ordinary.

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