Tuesday 24 October 2017

Connacht to make late call on FBD League as fixture chaos looming large

THE Connacht Council will meet tomorrow to discuss if the first round fixtures in the FBD League, which have already been deferred by seven days, will go ahead this weekend.

The province's GAA chiefs say they will leave it as late as possible before making a call, though it is thought the competition may have to be scrapped this year if the first-round games do not take place this weekend.

It will take three rounds of games to come up with a final pairing and with the National league starting on the first weekend in February, dates will not be available to play the games.

However, there is a defiant mood in the province with officials still hoping that the competition will go ahead.

"We will do everything in our power to get the matches played," said a spokesperson for the Connacht Council.

Councils in other provinces have announced venue changes in a bid to have their games played this weekend.

This evening's McGrath Cup fixture between Limerick and Waterford IT now takes place in the Staker Wallace GAA grounds in Bulgaden with throw-in at 7.30.

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Kerry's encounter with IT Tralee has been moved back to Saturday in the Kerins O'Rahillys GAA club with the winners set to face Waterford just 24 hours later.

In the O'Byrne Cup in Leinster, Kilkenny now face Offaly in Freshford and Westmeath take on DCU in St Loman's GAA Grounds in Mullingar.

Elsewhere, TJ Reid has been nominated as the Kilkenny captain for the new season.

The 22-year-old was put forward by his club Ballyhale Shamrocks, who had the right as county champions, and the appointment will be ratified automatically at next week's meeting of the County Board.

Reid played a star game in the National League final win over Tipperary last season, while he was a scoring sub in the All-Ireland final against the same county.

He followed that up with a strong showing when Shamrocks won the Leinster club championship.

Reid's brother, Eoin, who is also a member of the Kilkenny squad, has been nominated as vice-captain.

Shamrocks added the proviso that if neither make the team, then All Star Henry Shefflin will be the stand-by skipper.

It has also been stipulated that whichever Shamrocks man leads out the team will be the one who will be presented with the trophy in the event of Kilkenny winning.

Irish Independent

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