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Ulster's fixtures log-jam creates late-season blip


John Campbell

By John Campbell

The GAA is certainly making every effort to come to terms with what in more recent years has become a congested overall fixtures programme, but recent events, particularly in Ulster, have now further increased levels of expectation surrounding proposals from the Calendar Fixtures Review Committee.

It is expected that their recommendations will be forwarded to the GAA Management Committee before bring brought to Congress in February, and even since the Review Committee held its first meeting, the fixtures log-jam in certain sectors has become even more pronounced.

Tomorrow night, Donegal and Ulster Club champions Gaoth Dobhair will put their titles on the line for a third time within the space of ten days when they will meet Naomh Conaill in the second replay of the Donegal championship final, with the winners due to meet Cavan side Castlerahan in the Ulster Club quarter-final on Sunday.

All this comes hot on the heels of a three-game Antrim final in which Cargin eventually got the better of Lamh Dhearg before exiting the Ulster Club championship a few days later.

Now we are on the cusp of November, with county club championship and provincial club championship fixtures overlapping.

It would appear that the Ulster Council, perhaps the most visionary of all the provinces, is now under a little more added pressure to add those four pertinent words 'Result on the day' in detailing their fixtures lists.

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