GAA President Liam O’Neill says that All-Ireland finals could be replayed on Saturdays in future, if the situation arises again. Both the minor and senior hurling finals ended in draws and will be replayed on Sunday even though the ladies’ football finals were scheduled for that date.
The last time the football final ended in a draw was in 2000 and the replay between Galway and Kerry took place on a Saturday to accommodate an International Rules match the next day.
The ladies’ football finals will now take place on Sunday week in order to have the hurling replays this Sunday and O’Neill told the Irish Daily Star that the GAA have learned their lesson from this fixture congestion and will make provisions to replay finals on Saturdays in future.
“We have learned by the fixture difficulties presented by ladies football gambling on our replay date. I think we will move to give definite dates where every second year we go on the Saturday if there was a replay. We recognised that ladies football want to keep the momentum of Sunday after Sunday. We will try to accommodate that and if it means we going on Saturday for the replay, that’s something we might have to consider.”
The Laois man also suggested that any future hurling final replays could be featured alongside replays of the camogie finals.
“We are proposing if the camogie and hurling finals are ever a draw on the same year we will hold them on the same double bill. It’s about seeing what we can do to grow our games, to seize every opportunity to promote one and other field games together,” he added.