No fears for repeat of Tipperary football championship delays

Tipperary have no fears that the success of their U21 footballers may prompt a repeat of last year’s delayed senior football championship.

No fears for repeat of Tipperary football championship delays

Loughmore-Castleiney won the 2014 title on St Stephen’s Day after their final against Cahir the previous week finished in a draw.

The postponement was a result of a number of issues such as the senior hurlers’ All-Ireland final against Kilkenny going to a replay, Peter Creedon’s senior footballers enjoyed a prolonged run to the last 12 of the All-Ireland SFC, the vast number of dual conflicts in the county as well as an over-abundance of senior hurling clubs.

It meant Tipperary were unable to put forward representatives into last year’s Munster club SF championship. The backlog of fixtures also meant the county had no team in the provincial intermediate football and hurling competitions.

Unlike Tyrone when there is consternation about their U21 footballers having to play with their clubs this weekend, most if not all club fixtures, seven senior matches in total, involving Tipperary’s U21s this weekend have been postponed.

Of the hurling games going ahead, it’s not expected any of the U21 footballers will be participating.

However, some of Tommy Toomey’s team are in line to play for their clubs just two days after Saturday week’s All-Ireland final against Tyrone in Navan. For example, Steven O’Brien will line out for Ballina’s senior hurlers against Nenagh on May Bank Holiday before he does so again the following weekend when they face Templederry Kenyons.

Captain Colin O’Riordan will be expected to play for JK Brackens’ senior footballers the Wednesday following the U21 final and then again for the mid-Tipperary club’s senior hurlers the following Sunday when they meet Moyne-Templetuohy.

Tipperary secretary Tim Floyd revealed arrangements between the board and Creedon’s management team means club fixtures will go ahead right up until the weekend before Tipperary’s Munster quarter-final against Waterford on May 31.

“The games going ahead this weekend have been scheduled with the agreement of the clubs. Any player who was playing (in Tullamore) last Saturday their game this weekend, whether it was to be in the senior football or hurling championship, has been called off.

“The games have been rescheduled with the agreement of the football management, that we can slot them in right up to the weekend before the first game (v Waterford). There is an accommodation there so there shouldn’t be too much difficulty. We started the championships earlier this year.”

Floyd said he hopes supporters will travel in their throngs to support the U21 team in Páirc Tailteann in nine days’ time. “It’s may be a long distance but it’s very direct, motorway all the way to Navan. It’s a bank holiday weekend as well so people may chose to attend the game as part of their activities.”

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