Murphy calls for fixture deadlines to tackle scheduling conundrum

Cork GAA secretary Frank Murphy has expressed concern about the scheduling of county league fixtures, especially in the latter stages of the season.

Murphy calls for fixture deadlines to tackle scheduling conundrum

In his report to delegates for Sunday’s county convention, Murphy points out that, on occasion, clubs can’t come to an agreement as to when to play games and then problems arises when claims are made for points.

“An aspect of the league that is of some concern is the difficulty that some clubs have experienced in arranging fixtures with their opponents,” he writes.

“This becomes acute at the tail-end of the competitions where points become vital and clubs experience the problem of getting agreements from opponents, who are either unwilling or unavailable to play games at that time.

“On occasions, claims are made for the award of points. Under the existing competition regulations, points may only be awarded where a game has been declared a ‘fixture’ on the basis of agreement of both clubs involved.”

Many of these disputes arise near the end of the league campaign as clubs seek to play outstanding games at the 11th hour. Murphy suggests that setting deadlines for each round may alleviate this problem.

“There is adequate time allowed for the playing of all games from the commencement date to the competitions’ deadline but time is often not best availed of and the difficulties arise in the concluding weeks,” he writes.

“Perhaps a deadline should be set for the playing of each round and if a game is not played by the deadline, then no points be awarded for it.”

Meanwhile, former Cork footballer Niall Cahalane has been named a selector of the St Finbarr’s senior hurling team for 2015. Cahalane — a selector as his native Castlehaven won the county SFC in 2012 and 2013 — replaces the emigrated Paul O’Keeffe, who managed UCC to SFC victory against the Haven in 2011.

He joins another former Cork football captain, Christy Ryan, on the selection committee, along with manager John Cremin, Chris Buckley and Tim Finn. Cahalane’s son Damien, who plays hurling for the Barr’s and football for the Haven, will only play hurling with Cork in 2015.

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