Friday 19 January 2018

Officials confident finals will go ahead

Cliona Foley

Cliona Foley

PROVINCIAL bosses in Munster and Ulster are optimistic that their club finals will go ahead this weekend, but are keeping their fingers crossed that there are no late setbacks.

Munster have already declared that their two junior finals will definitely proceed in Mallow tomorrow, but, in a similar fashion to Ulster, want to do one final pitch inspection of the Gaelic Grounds in Limerick this morning to make sure that their senior football final between Nemo Rangers and Dr Crokes can be played.

"Limerick's not too bad today," said Munster PRO Jim Forbes after a 2.0 inspection yesterday. "There has been a decent thaw, but we need to double-check it in the morning to make sure that has continued."

The Ulster council are also confident their games will go ahead after deciding last night to switch tomorrow's senior club football final from Clones to Breffni Park in Cavan.

Crossmaglen take on Naomh Conaill of Donegal in the senior decider tomorrow, following the junior clash between Corduff (Monaghan) and Swanlibar (Cavan), which has also been moved from Clones. Doohamlet from Monaghan face Fermanagh's Lisnaskea in the intermediate decider at Breffni Park today at 2.0.

An inspection of Mallow yesterday gave it the green light to host Munster's junior club double-header, where the floodlights will likely be needed -- the junior football decider between St Mary's (Kerry) and Bruree (Limerick) -- has a 3.30 throw-in.

Also definitely going ahead this weekend, but with one venue change, are the All-Ireland Ladies football club finals.

Today's junior final between Caltra Cuans and St Enda's, Tyrone will take place in Mullahoran (2.0), while tomorrow's senior final between Carnacon and Inch Rovers is now going ahead in Cashel (2.0).

The Munster Vocational Schools Inter-county 'B' football final between Kerry and Limerick fell victim to the weather yesterday, but has been re-fixed for Mallow next Tuesday at 6.45.

Barring any late postponements TG4 will have live coverage of the Munster senior club final, followed by deferred coverage of the Ulster senior final and the ladies senior final, all on 'GAA Beo' tomorrow, starting at 1.30.

Irish Independent

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