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Dubs will have representatives in Leinster

DUBLIN will have a representative in both the Leinster club football and hurling championships after all.

Leinster Council last night unanimously decided to accept a proposal to alter the dates for the competitions in order that the capital be represented after a series of unprecedented delays to both the Evening Herald Dublin SFC and SHC.

The eventual football winners will now play whichever side emerges from this Sunday's Meath decider between Dunshauglin and Summerhill in Navan (3.30) on November 13 while the Dublin hurling champions will face Westmeath's representatives on November 6.

The re-fixture now means that the Meath champions will face a six-week wait before taking on their opponents in the first round of the Leinster championship. Meath themselves posed no objection to the Leinster CCC's proposal but expressed their concerns about a lack of consistency in dealing with such delays to fixtures across the board.

The Royal County were irked when in November 2009, Meath champions Seneschalstown were forced to play three games in seven days - a county final, a final replay and a Leinster tie.

As a further consequence of the delayed Dublin SFC, the provincial club final has now been moved from December 4 to December 18.

The delay could pose further headaches to Leinster, however, if any of the matches are drawn.

Christmas Day falls on the Sunday following the re-fixed football final, meaning Leinster may face the possibility of the championship running into the New Year.

Last season's championship both ran into 2011 with Kilmacud Crokes beating Rhode in the football final on January 23 and O'Loughlin Gaels defeating Oulart-The-Ballagh in the hurling decider a week later.

This year, Dublin's football championship was massively delayed due to the county's senior footballers' run to All-Ireland glory while the hurling competition was put into cold storage after a DRA appeal from Ballyboden St Enda's was upheld.

The DRA ruled that team should not be forced to play without their inter-county players, regardless of whether they represent the county at football or hurling, meaning the overdue second round tie between St Mary's and Ballyboden only took place last night in Parnell Park.

The Dublin County Board will now form a sub-committee which will forumulate new proposal over the scheduling of both the football and hurling championships in order to avoid such delays in the future.