Sunday 25 February 2018

Friday night games still an option, says O'Neill

Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

GAA president Liam O'Neill has said he is still open to staging major games on Friday nights, despite a number of aborted attempts in recent years.

Mayo were keen to travel to Croke Park to face Dublin in the 2011 league before the GAA intervened due to the large amount of travelling involved.

And late last year, GAA chiefs were keen to see the capital's league clash with Kildare take place at HQ on a Friday, but the Lilies refused, opting instead to play at the Jones's Road venue on a Sunday. However, O'Neill insists the GAA are keen to facilitate a suitable fixture.

"The Friday possibility is still there and I'd say that, at some stage, somebody is going to experiment with a more serious game on a Friday night and I would welcome that," said O'Neill (below). "I'd hope that when it happens the players are taken into consideration, that they want to do it, the counties want to do it and that the supporters want to go."

The GAA are expected to announce the manager of the International Rules team for this Autumn's series in the coming weeks with Anthony Tohill's two-year term having expired. Despite no commitment to the series beyond the return leg in Australia in 2014, O'Neill believes there is an appetite for the hybrid game.

"I think there's a future for it. We want to hold it, but we have to be honest about what we want."

Irish Independent

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