Wednesday 20 November 2019

No love lost on Valentine's Day for fixture scheduling

Saturday, February 14 is a stand-out date, with Ireland playing France at the Aviva Stadium.

It's obviously not just for the die-hard rugby fans - a lot of people would have an interest in watching this.

But the fact that one of the biggest games in Irish sport in 2015 is taking place in Dublin 4 didn't stop the GAA from deciding to put the biggest date in the All-Ireland Intermediate Club Football Championship on at Croker at the same time.

My home club Ardfert play Roscommon club St Croan's in the intermediate final with a 4.45pm throw-in.

Fifteen minutes later Ireland start against France over in Lansdowne.

Was there any consideration given to fans who might want to see both? The game at Croke Park forms part of a double header with the Junior final also on, but surely the timings could have been scheduled better?

It seems I will just have to make do with one ear listening to referee Wayne Barnes on the ref-link and the other ear listening to Radio Kerry commentator Weeshie Fogarty (left) on the Ardfert game. That will be some mix.

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