Saturday 24 February 2018

Mayo county board agree to postpone club fixtures after appeals from county star and former players

Will Slattery

Will Slattery

The Mayo county board tonight confirmed that the club championship fixtures scheduled for next weekend have been postponed.

Many of the Mayo inter-county players were due to play in the games, which would have limited their preparation time ahead of the All-Ireland final on September 18.

Earlier, injured All-star fullback Ger Cafferkey - along with pundits David Brady and Billy Joe Padden - voiced their concerns that the club matches could hinder Mayo's chances of ending the county's All-Ireland drought.

Read more: A club v county dispute is threatening to derail Mayo's All-Ireland final preparation

The round of clubs fixtures will now take place one week after the All-Ireland final.

Here is the full statement from the Mayo county board:

"Following discussions since Mayo’s victory over Tipperary in last Sunday’s All-Ireland SFC semi-final, it has been decided to postpone next weekend’s round of Mayo SFC games. All IFC games will go ahead as scheduled except the following which involve members of the Mayo senior panel: Bohola Moy Davitts v Swinford; Westport v Shrule-Glencorrib; and Belmullet v Burrishoole.

"This has not been an easy decision for all concerned as we were faced with a Catch 22 situation. Everyone involved in Mayo GAA wishes to support the senior football team as effectively as we can in the run-up to September 18 – and, equally, everyone is fully aware of the impact a postponement at such late notice will have on club players and managements.

"However, after carefully considering the various issues involved, and acknowledging that there was no simple solution, we feel that the best interests of Mayo football will be served on this occasion by postponing the above games so that the team can prepare for the All-Ireland final.

"The primary reason for doing so is to allow the team the four weeks of preparation between now and the final so that they can represent all of us in optimum condition on September 18. We hope all Mayo GAA people will understand the well-founded motivation for our decision and rally around the team for the next few weeks.

"It is proposed to now hold the next round of SFC games on the weekend after the All-Ireland final (Sept. 24/25th). The IFC games mentioned above will also go ahead on that weekend also.

"The quarter finals in both the SFC & IFC championship will go ahead on 1/2nd October."

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