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Wednesday 15 August 2018

Comment: There's an obvious solution to the logjam of GAA highlights every weekend - 'The Monday Game'

Breheny Beat

20 May 2018; Conor Meyler of Tyrone in action against Dessie Mone of Monaghan during the Ulster GAA Football Senior Championship Quarter-Final match between Tyrone and Monaghan at Healy Park in Tyrone. Photo by Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile
20 May 2018; Conor Meyler of Tyrone in action against Dessie Mone of Monaghan during the Ulster GAA Football Senior Championship Quarter-Final match between Tyrone and Monaghan at Healy Park in Tyrone. Photo by Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile
Martin Breheny

Martin Breheny

With so much action every weekend during this summer and with 'live' coverage for the entire All-Ireland championship season restricted to 45 games, a return of 'The Game on Monday' on RTÉ television would be a welcome addition to the schedules.

It featured on RTÉ's coverage several years ago but, for whatever reason, was scrapped. It's needed more than ever now at a time when so many games are squeezed into a shorter timespan.

Obviously, there's a limit to what can be shown on the Sunday night programme, which means that many counties have their efforts cut to a few minutes, leaving them frustrated.

Even top games can be jammed into a tight slot. Last Sunday's Monaghan-Tyrone clash, where the place-kicking technique of Rory Beggan was a highlight, found itself squeezed into nine minutes, followed by the same amount of time analysing it.

There's more than enough material for a Monday night programme and with the rugby season coming to an end, the 8-9pm slot, home to 'Against the Head', will be available shortly on RTé 2.

Any chance that it might be filled with an extra GAA programme, reflecting on the weekend as a whole from a calm, measured perspective?

Irish Independent

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