The GAA today confirmed details of its refixed inter-county calendar for 2020 – details here. This covers both what’s left of the League and all of the match in the Championship, incorporating as well the various secondary competitions in hurling (on which a small bit anon).
For us, the fun is set to start in Tuam Stadium three weeks from Sunday. That’s when and where our National Football League Round 6 clash against Galway has been fixed for, with throw-in that afternoon set for 2pm.
Clearly, the country won’t have turned the corner on Covid-19 inside the next few weeks and so there’ll be, at most, a few hundred supporters (if that) at this crunch derby meeting. TG4 will, though, broadcast the game live.
It’s been a long time since we played a competitive match at Senior level at St Jarlath’s Park (to give it its official title). FBD games have, I know, been contested between the counties at Tuam but you have to go back as far as 2011 for the most recent time we played them in a League match there. We did a right number on them that day too so a repeat of that outcome would be very welcome in three weeks time.
The Sunday after the Galway game we’re back in League action again. Our Round 7 opponents are Tyrone and this match at MacHale Park is also set to throw in at 2pm.
Then the weekend after that we’re in Championship action. Our Connacht SFC quarter-final against Leitrim has been scheduled for Sunday, 1st November, at Páirc Seán MacDiarmada in Carrick-on-Shannon. With the clocks having by then gone back for the winter, throw-in that afternoon is at the earlier time of 1.15pm.
The following Sunday the winners from Carrick will face Connacht champions Roscommon in the semi-final. They were due to play London first but Covid travel and quarantine complications mean that this year, for the first time since 1974, the Exiles will play no part in the Championship and so the Rossies progress directly to the provincial semis. That game, at Dr Hyde Park, is set to throw in that afternoon at 1.30pm.
The Connacht final is the weekend after that but I think we’ve more than enough on our plate seeking to negotiate a path there – something we’ve failed to do in each of the last four provincial campaigns, a run of underachievement I still find hard to fathom – to be making any firm plans for the weekend of the Nestor Cup decider. For info, though, full details of all the fixtures in the 2020 Connacht SFC are here.
Finally, the county’s hurlers are in Nicky Rackard Cup action soon as well. Their opening round game in that is against Monaghan up in Castleblayney on 24th October. Throw-in for that match is 2pm.