Friday 18 October 2019

SFC 2013: The ten top anomalies

1 Leitrim will have their first championship game six weeks before Roscommon in a seven-team province. If Leitrim lose to New York next Sunday, they will have to wait 55 days for the first round of the qualifiers. If Leitrim were to lose the Connacht final, they would be in action in a Round 4 qualifier six days later, having had to wait seven weeks between next Sunday's game and the Connacht semi-final and a further 28 days for the final.

2 Meath, Roscommon, Clare and Fermanagh don't enter the championship until the weekend of June 15/16, by which stage several counties will have played two games.

3 The losers of Galway v Mayo, Cavan v Armagh and Carlow v Westmeath on May 19 will have to wait 41 days for the qualifiers.

4 Carlow and Westmeath enter the Leinster championship on May 19, four weeks ahead of Meath.

5 Cavan and Armagh have their first Ulster game four weeks ahead of Fermanagh.

6 Kerry – under Eamonn Fitzmaurice (right) – and Tipperary play their first Munster game on May 26, with the winners playing Waterford in the semi-final six days later. It means that either Kerry or Tipperary will have played two championship games 15 days before Clare play their first.

7 If Waterford lose to Kerry/Tipperary on June 1, they will have to wait six weeks for the qualifiers as they will enter Round 2 as beaten provincial semi-finalists.

8 If Fermanagh lose their first championship game on June 16, they will have a qualifier game 13 days later, whereas many counties have between 27 and 55 days to wait for a qualifier. In effect, Fermanagh's championship season could start and end between June 16 and June 29.

9 Several counties will have four-week gaps between their first and second-round provincial championship outings.

10 Mayo begin their championship campaign on May 19, five weeks earlier than in 2012.

MARTIN BREHENY

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