Antrim camogie hit with a double blow
First it was the hurlers to endure the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, now Antrim's camogie stock has absorbed an unexpected double setback within a matter of 24 hours.
On Saturday the Saffrons were due to meet Down in an Ulster Championship tie but with the teams prepared for action, the non-appearance of a referee meant that the game could not go ahead.
Then yesterday Antrim were forced to concede their Division 2 Group 1 game in the National League against Meath at Trim because of their inability to field a suitable team.
The match had been previously arranged for Easter Sunday but was postponed following the death of leading Portglenone clubman Liam McAleese, father of Antrim squad members Anna, Katie and Emma McAleese.
The cancellation of yesterday's game caused disappointment within Antrim camogie circles with county chairperson Una O'Halloran admitting that officials were left with no option.
"The fact that this was a re-fixture caused us problems as several of our more established players were unavailable and we felt it would have been unfair to expose several of our minor players to a challenge in the senior arena," said O'Halloran.
Antrim's plight is, however, viewed in a wider context by leading Ulster coach Joe Baldwin. "I honestly believe that the time has come for a better strategy in relation to fixtures planning and other aspects of the sport to be drawn up," insists Baldwin.