1 Dates for the diaries
AS life with Covid-19 continues, Mayo GAA took some steps towards living with the virus last week when they released revised dates for the Senior Leagues and club championships.
The action will get underway on Friday, July 31 with round one of the Senior Hurling championship. The following two days will see games in the Mayo Senior Leagues.
The group stages of the County Senior, Intermediate and Junior club football championships will be played on the weekends of August 8/9; 15/16; and 29/30.
The quarter-finals (September 5/6), semi-finals (12/13) and finals (19/20) of all three championships will be played on successive weekends.
2 Senior Leagues debate
THERE seems to be mixed feelings over the County Senior Leagues being played, especially with the concluding stages pencilled in for after Mayo exit the inter-county championship.
With Mayo not due to begin their campaign until October 17 at the earliest — and reports suggesting that the All-Ireland Final could be played on Sunday, December 20 — that means that some club teams could end up playing promotion/relegation finals next January!
Con Moynihan confirmed last week that there will be promotion and relegation in the Senior Leagues, and that clubs involved in those battles would not be expected to play their make-or-break games without their county players.
3 Covid-19 protocols
EVERY GAA club in Ireland was sent a 15-page document last week entitled, ‘GAA’s Safe Return To Gaelic Games’ which outlined the basic tenets of the policies and protocols that will have to be followed if GAA activity is to resume across the country.
However, there has been nothing by way of detail about the nuts and bolts of how these Covid-19 policies are going to work exactly, with GAA clubs set to open their grounds officially to their players and teams in less than two weeks, on Monday, June 29.
The word on the grapevine is that more detail will be coming from Croke Park later this week; then the work of Covid Supervisors everywhere will begin in earnest.