Leitrim GAA fixture planners must be tearing their hair out after both the County Senior Mens and Ladies Football Finals have been put back a week.
The draw in last Sunday’s All-Ireland Senior Hurling Final has seen the Leitrim GAA County Boardmove both Senior and Minor Finals, scheduled for Sunday, September 30, back one week to Sunday, October 7. The Board have also said that the Intermediate & Junior Championship Finals will go ahead as planned on Saturday, September 29.
County Board Secretary Diarmuid Sweeney told the Observer that the decision was made due to the clash with the All-Ireland Hurling Final. With enormous interest in Galway’s second meeting with Kilkenny, it is understandable that the Board would move the Final, the Board’s single biggest gate of the year, as a a clash with the Hurling Final would mean a potentially huge loss of revenue for the Board.
However, the switch will cause major problems for Melvin Gaels forward Tom Lipsett, who was injured in last Saturday’s Semi-Final win over Aughawillan, who is due to get married just two days before the new date!
The Ladies Senior Final also has a degree of uncertainty and will now take place on Saturday, September 22, after it was originally fixed for next Sunday. Kiltubrid had launched an appeal to the County Board after they lost out on a place in the final due to the amount of points scored by Mohill but the appeal was denied on Monday night, although Kiltubrid still have the opiton of making a further appeal to Connacht.
The fixture headaches could get worse for the Men’s County Board as both Dromahair and Gortletteragh contest Junior A Championship Semi-Finals next Saturday against Leitrim Gaels & Allen Gaels respectively, which could lead to a clash with the Intermediate Final were both teams to win and Gortletteragh win next Sunday’s Semi-Final replay.