The GAA announced a short while ago how their coin-tossing to decide League play-off matches went this morning. In our case, this particular game of chance went against us and so our Division Two semi-final clash with Clare the weekend after next is now set to be decided at a Clare venue.
There’ll be a further announcement from the GAA later today on dates, times and venues for these play-off fixtures. Our match is almost certain to be played at Cusack Park in Ennis, though the Banner have in the past hosted matches against us at locations such as Miltown Malbay, Kilrush, Doonbeg and Kilmihil.
If it’s Ennis, which it almost certainly will be, then this is a ground we know well and have plenty of happy memories of in the past. Cusack Park was, of course, where we won the U21 All-Ireland in 2016 and with yesterday’s team featuring seven players from that winning side, it’s a ground they should be happy enough to play at again.
That doesn’t get around the fact that the venue arrangements for all these play-off games make no sense at all but there’s little we can do about that now. Our game is set to be contested in Clare so we just have to go there and win it.