Leinster Council decide today on viability of weekend fixtures

THE Leinster Council will decide today whether or not to go ahead with its weekend fixtures and is facing the prospect of its club finals not being played until the end of January.

The adverse conditions and poor weather forecast for the remainder of the week has already put paid to the GAA Games Development Conference scheduled for Croke Park on Saturday.

Sunday’s AIB Leinster senior football final between Kilmacud Crokes and Rhode in Portlaoise, the senior hurling final between O’Loughlin Gaels and Oulart The Ballagh in Carlow and the junior and special junior hurling deciders appear to be under significant threat, as the east is one of the hardest hit areas by snow and sub-zero temperatures.

Leinster Council secretary Michael Delaney said: “We’re going to make a call on all the games at lunch time. We will make a decision based on what the weather has been like and what the forecast is.

“It might be a little bit early to be making the call but in fairness to everybody we feel that it’s the best thing to do.”

Delaney concedes that there is a very real danger that the disruption will continue, with Sunday’s scheduled finals, as well as the junior and intermediate football deciders fixed for the following week, having to be pushed back until the end of January.

“The forecast is only going into the middle of next week and there’s no great improvement between now and then.

“If we lose this weekend’s games we will provisionally go to the weekend of the 12th. After that, if we fail to get them played, they will go towards the end of January. We won’t go Christmas week. It’s a bit of a headache but it’s happening to everybody.”

Meanwhile, all delegate bookings for the GAA’s annual coaching conference will remain valid for its rescheduled date on January 15. Any delegates unable to attend are asked to email gamesdevelopment@gaa.ie for further details.

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