Sunday’s drawn All-Ireland senior hurling final may have left many spectators gaping in awe at the drama which unfolded, but it has created a head ache for Laois GAA fixture planners as the replay will now clash with the SHC and IHC finals.
Croke Park confirmed after the game that the replay would take place on Sunday, September 30. This is also the same day that the Laois club SHC and IHC finals were due to take place in O’Moore Park, but they will now have to be re-fixed.
When the games will now be played has not yet been revealed by Laois GAA, but there could yet be a two week delay, as the SFC semi-finals are due to be played the following Sunday.
Unless it was decided to move those games forward a day to accomodate the hurling on the Sunday, it would mean a four week gap between the semi-finals this weekend, and the final taking place on October 14. If this happens, it may also impact on the U-21 championship, which is scheduled to get underway on October 13.
If the final does go back that far, it will still leave whoever wins relatively unaffected when it comes to the provincial series, as that is not expected to get underway until early November.
The two SHC semi-finals will take place this Sunday afternoon in O’Moore Park, with Rathdowney-Errill meeting The Harps at 2.30pm, and Clough-Ballacolla, fresh from their two-game battle with Castletown-Slieve Bloom, taking to the field at 4pm.
The intermediate hurling semi-finals are also on this weekend, where Colt will play Rathdowney-Errill at 5pm on Saturday in O’Moore Park, and Borris-Kilcotton meeting Mountrath directly after it at 6.30pm. There are two IHC playoffs on Saturday also, with Trumera playing Clonaslee and Camross taking on Rosenallis.