Rain puts paid to Waterford games

WATERFORD’S already delayed domestic championship schedule was thrown into deeper crisis yesterday.

Adverse weather conditions caused GAA chiefs to postpone the Mount Sion/Stradbally SHC semi-final and the Rathgormack/Ardmore SFC quarter-final.

Originally both games were fixed as a doubleheader at Fraher Field, Dungarvan, but following a 9am inspection, board officials transferred the football game to the Leamybrien venue eight miles away.

A sustained cloudburst around lunch time resulted in severe waterlogging of both venues and the football game was called off. An hour later, the hurling game was also cancelled.

Board PRO John Jackson said there was severe flooding in the centre of the field, while both goalmouths were heavily waterlogged: “It wasn’t an easy decision to take so late in the day but we had to call off the game in the interests of player safety, which had to be paramount.

“At 12 noon the pitch was absolutely playable, but the severe and sustained cloudburst that followed changed all that.

“Of course we regret having to call off both games, but no one would have been thanking us if they went ahead and the conditions resulted in a player, or players, being seriously injured,” he added.

With Saturday’s SHC relegation play off between Tallow and Ballyduff Lower ending in a draw, it has been a disastrous weekend for the county board who now faces a frantic race to meet deadlines for the Munster club campaigns.

Board officials met in emergency session at Fraher Field yesterday and decided that both SHC semis — Mount Sion v Stradbally and Ballygunner v Lismore — will be played as a doubleheader at the Dungarvan venue on Sunday.

The replay of the drawn relegation game between Tallow and Ballyduff Lower has been pencilled in for Saturday, October 14, at Fraher Field (2.30pm).

The postponed football game between Ardmore and Rathgormack has been refixed for October 15, as part of a Fraher Field doubleheader with another quarter-final tie between the Nire and St Brendan’s.

The quarter-final meeting between Ballinacourty and Clashmore, which was to have been the curtain-raiser to the Ballygunner/Lismore SHC semi-final at Fraher Field on Sunday has been switched to Ardmore on the same day at noon.

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