Saturday 20 January 2018

Two games in 24 hours? No problem for Kelly

Stephen 'Chester' Kelly Photo: Matt Browne/Sportsfile
Stephen 'Chester' Kelly Photo: Matt Browne/Sportsfile
Martin Breheny

Martin Breheny

Still on the subject of players from weaker counties, Stephen 'Chester' Kelly played for Wicklow hurlers against Carlow in the Christy Ring Cup semi-final on Saturday and captained the footballers against Louth in the Leinster SFC on Sunday.

No fuss, no complaints, no phonecalls to the GPA - he just got on with it because that's the way he operates.

He played well on both days but ended the weekend with two defeats.

Contrast that with the controversy which erupted when Dublin fixed senior club football championship fixtures for the weekend before the All-Ireland U-21 final clash with Galway last month.

The county board were severely criticised for not calling off the club games, even if it would have discommoded lots of players at a time when there's serious angst over disruptions to local schedules all over the country.

Proceeding with the club games was the right decision. After all, if Kelly can play two senior inter-county games in 24 hours, surely U-21s don't need a week to recover from a club match.

Irish Independent

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