Leinster GAA has scrapped plans to play a major provincial championship match under floodlights on a Friday night. The idea was proposed last month after the draw for next summer’s championship was made but scheduling problems have caused the idea to be shelved.
The council believed that the quarter final clash between neighbours Kildare and Offaly was the prime opportunity to experiment with a Friday night game but officials were unable to agree on a suitable date for the match.
“Obviously, it would have to be between neighbouring counties so as to make it convenient for players and spectators, but we just couldn’t find a suitable one,” Michael Delaney, CEO of the Leinster Council told the Irish Independent.
The Laois man was adamant that the decision had nothing to do with fears over players’ potential loss of earnings if they had to take the day off to play.
“We would have liked to run with a Friday game to see how it worked, but we just couldn’t do it. There was no point playing one for the sake of it. It has to be right in the context of the overall fixtures’ plan. That’s not to say we won’t try it another time if the right opportunity comes along,” he said.
The game between Kildare and Offaly is now set to form part of a Croke Park double header with Dublin’s quarter final against either Carlow or Westmeath in early June.