Midwest are reporting that a decision on whether or not our opening league match next month will go ahead as planned under lights on Saturday, February 6th, will not now be made until early next week. Sean Feeney was quoted on Tuesday’s Indo saying that the position would be clarified within a “day or two” but a spokesman for the County Board has now apparently confirmed that it’ll be next Monday “at least” before a final decision is made on when the match will take place.
I haven’t heard anything further about this weekend’s opening round of FBD matches but I assume they’re all going ahead. The temperature up in the capital is a sultry 11 degrees celsius this afternoon and if it’s anything like that in the West, it should help to unfreeze the ground sufficiently to enable the lads to kick the ball in anger for the first time in 2010 this Sunday. It’ll be nice to have some matches to talk about again but the closest I’ll get to the action will be to follow it on Midwest. Is Angelina still playing all those cheesy old Dr Hook and Hot Chocolate numbers on her Sunday sports show? I sincerely hope she isn’t.
Meanwhile, those of you with an aversion to Johnno’s public whinings should look away now as he’s at it again in today’s Irish Times, where once more he raises the issue of the training ban and whether or not transgressing counties are going to be punished. One can, I think, look at this in two ways: either you take the view that the Deputy is simply pissing and moaning or else he’s giving fair warning that no county (including ourselves) can be expected to observe the ban next year. I’m not sure which it is but I think we can all agree that he’s got the message across pretty loud and clear at this stage. As I said before, I don’t exactly expect to see HQ taking a zero tolerance approach on this issue, which, in turn, goes to show just how pointless this whole business is in the first place. Maybe, indeed, it’s just the case that the GAA and bans are such uncomfortable bedfellows.