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Ulster sporting events decimated by the arrival of Storm Emma


By Adam McKendry

Once again the weather has thrown sports organisers into disarray after Storm Emma forced another wave of postponements at the weekend.

All four of tomorrow's Tennent's Irish Cup quarter-finals are at risk due to the heavy snow, with decisions set to be taken this morning on whether or not they go ahead.

There are hopes that the games between Ballymena and Larne, and Coleraine and Glentoran will be played as they are in areas less hit by the snow, although they will also be subject to pitch inspections.

After the repeated postponements in the BetMcLean League Cup, organisers will be very keen to get the matches played if possible to avoid further fixture congestion.

Ulster's scheduled Guinness PRO14 meeting with Glasgow Warriors at Kingspan Stadium tonight was called off on Wednesday, and that was quickly followed by the other four games being held in Scotland and Wales this weekend.

At club level, the weather also led to the postponement of all Ulster Bank League fixtures tomorrow for both men and women, while the first Danske Bank Schools' Cup semi-final between RBAI and RS Armagh, originally to be played on Monday, has been moved back to Wednesday.

The GAA were forced to suspend all of the weekend's Allianz Hurling and Football League fixtures, causing further issues to an already heavily backlogged schedule.

The finals of the Hurling League have been pushed back to accommodate the rearranged games, with Croke Park officials expected to convene on Monday to determine the fixture list.

And in hockey, all of the planned fixtures in the women's Irish League, the women's Irish Challenge semi-finals and the men's and women's Irish Trophy semi-finals were postponed.

However, there was some good news on the hockey front with the full programme of Ulster hockey still on course to go ahead for both men and women, but those could be called off if they fail pitch inspections today or tomorrow.

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