Munster final draw leads to Cork and Kerry fixtures chaos

Club championship fixtures in Cork and Kerry have been thrown into chaos due to the drawn Munster SFC final.

The provincial final replay has been fixed for Saturday, July 18, with up to 25 club championship fixtures across the two counties expected to suffer as a result.

The eight Kerry SFC games pencilled in for this weekend, including the meeting of Dr Crokes and reigning champions Austin Stacks, have been postponed, while Cork’s county championship programme for the weekend of July 18/19 has also been decimated. The losers of the Munster final replay will return to qualifier action seven-days later, putting further strain on local

activity.

Cork GAA decision-makers had sought to schedule the majority of their fourth round football championship fixtures at senior, premier intermediate and intermediate level on July’s third weekend.

But senior administrator Diarmuid O’Donovan yesterday confirmed that no game involving a Cork senior panellist would go ahead that weekend with 15 matches likely to be affected.

The Cork senior hurling championship has also been impacted following the qualifier victory over Wexford on Saturday.

Saturday’s meeting of Bishopstown and St Finbarr’s has been called off, while the clash of Carrigtwohill and Killeagh, currently scheduled for Saturday, July 18, could also be postponed should Jimmy Barry-Murphy’s side defeat Clare this weekend.

Moreover, O’Donovan revealed that senior hurling management will make the call on the playing of fourth round games if Cork remain in the All-Ireland series beyond this weekend.

On the club football front in Cork, this Friday’s County U21 final between Nemo Rangers and Valley Rovers has been called off given Stephen Cronin’s involvement with Brian Cuthbert’s team.

Of the eight SFC round 4 games earmarked for the following weekend, St Nick’s and Dohenys is the sole fixture to survive.

The relegation decider between Aghada and Clonakilty has also been dropped.

In the PIFC, five games are likely to be put back - St Michael’s v Mallow, Beal Atha’n Ghaorthaidh v Bantry Blues, Macroom v Newmarket, Éire Óg v Grenagh and Carrigaline v St Vincent’s. Three fixtures in the intermediate championship - Kildorrery v Fermoy, Glenville v Ballydesmond and Kanturk v Adrigole/Youghal - are also under threat.

The Cork Competitions Control Committee meet tonight to review the county championship programme.

“The games that will have to be put back as a result of the Cork-Kerry replay aren’t going to go away and will have to be played at some point,” said O’Donovan.

“We have to try and be fair to everybody. The clubs have to be looked after and putting all games on the long finger isn’t the solution.

“We have to be conscious that club players have holidays booked or might not be available outside the date on which their game was originally earmarked.

“For the weekend of July 18/19, it is unlikely that any games will be played on the Saturday on account of the Munster final replay. The games that do not involve Cork seniors are likely to be played on the Sunday.” Meanwhile, there are two changes to the Cork team for tomorrow’s Munster IHC final against Limerick at Páirc Uí Rinn (7.30pm). Martin Brennan and Luke Meade are selected at midfield and left half-forward, with Danny O’Flynn and Andrew Cagney losing out.

GAA FIXTURES

TOMORROW

Leinster U21HC final: Kilkenny v Wexford, Wexford Park, 7.30pm, (J Keenan, Wicklow); Munster IHC final: Cork v Limerick, Páirc Uí Rinn, 7.30pm, (D Fox, Clare).

SATURDAY

All-Ireland SHC Round 2: Dublin v Limerick, Semple Stadium, 5pm (RTÉ Two); Clare v Cork, Semple Stadium, 7pm (Sky Sports).

All-Ireland SFC Round 2B: Derry v Wexford, Owenbeg, 2pm; Tipperary v Louth, Semple Stadium, 2.45pm;

Tyrone v Meath, Omagh, 3pm; Round 3A: Longford v Kildare, Cusack Park, Mullingar, 7pm; All-Ireland U21 ‘C’ Championship semi-final: Tyrone v Louth, Healy Park, Omagh, 1pm.

SUNDAY

Leinster SFC final: Dublin v Westmeath, Croke Park, 2pm, (J McQuillan, Cavan) (RTÉ Two); Munster SHC final: Tipperary v Waterford, Semple Stadium, 4pm, (J Owens, Wexford) (RTÉ Two); Ulster SHC final: Antrim v Down, Owenbeg, 3.30pm; All-Ireland SFC Round 2B: Armagh v Galway, Athletic Grounds, 3pm; Fermanagh v Roscommon, Brewster Park, 3.30pm; Leinster Minor football final: Kildare v Longford, Croke Park, 12.00 (F Smyth, Offaly); Munster Minor hurling final: Tipperary v Limerick, Semple Stadium, 2pm.


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