Tuesday 23 January 2018

Kerry vs Dublin risks clash with Six Nations decider as County Board ignores Croke Park offer

Dublin’s James Small is tackled by Peter Crowley, left, and Bryan Sheehan of Kerry
Dublin’s James Small is tackled by Peter Crowley, left, and Bryan Sheehan of Kerry
Three of Saturday week’s four Allianz Football League games – including the glamour clash between Kerry and Dublin in Tralee – will throw in at 7.0, despite Croke Park telling county boards that they could delay starts by 30 minutes to facilitate those watching the Ireland-England rugby international. Stock photo: Sportsfile
Martin Breheny

Martin Breheny

Three of Saturday week's four Allianz Football League games - including the glamour clash between Kerry and Dublin in Tralee - will throw in at 7.0, despite Croke Park telling county boards that they could delay starts by 30 minutes to facilitate those watching the Ireland-England rugby international.

The rugby game, which could be the Six Nations decider, has a 5.0 kick-off and will finish around 6.50, leaving only 10 minutes before the start of the league games.

Kerry-Dublin, Donegal-Tyrone in Ballybofey and Down-Kildare in Newry will all start at 7.0 but the Carlow-Waterford Division 4 game has been put back to 7.30, perhaps to ensure home fans can follow the fortunes of local hero Seán O'Brien on Ireland duty before going to Netwatch Cullen Park.

The Central Competitions Control Committee (CCCC) notified counties that throw-ins could be put back, but only Carlow will take up the option.

Kerry secretary Peter Twiss said that having considered delaying the start in Austin Stack Park, his county had decided to stick with the original throw-in time.

"Ours is an all-ticket game, which will help to get people into the ground quickly," he said, with a crowd of around 12,000 expected.

It's understood that consideration was also given to putting back the start of the Down-Kildare and Donegal-Tyrone games but the counties showed no interest.

Adhering to original schedules against major international attractions is certainly not confined to GAA. Rugby ran against itself last month when some All-Ireland League club games were played at the same time as the Ireland-Italy international.

Irish Independent

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