Thursday 18 January 2018

NHL opener is put on ice


THE GAA's plan to launch the National Hurling League with a bang was given the cold shoulder last night when the Tipperary-Kilkenny match was called off due to heavy snow.

The blizzard started falling on Semple Stadium 50 minutes before the scheduled 7.30 start. The throw-in was initially delayed for 15 minutes before officials finally confirmed the game was off.

Both managers, Liam Sheedy and Brian Cody, expressed concerns over player safety in the conditions and referee Barry Kelly conceded the fixture would have to be called off, much to the disappointment of the 6,000 crowd. "It was unavoidable," said Cody. "In the interest of safety and any kind of a quality game the right decision was taken."

The game is now likely to take place on Tuesday evening subject to CCCC approval.

Sunday Independent

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