Mayo fixture makers have bowed to the pressure to call off club games that were scheduled for this weekend.
After Mayo booked their place in the All-Ireland Final last weekend there were calls for club action to be halted and a joint statement issued by the Mayo County Board and Mayo senior football team explains this ‘“Following discussions since Mayo’s victory over Tipperary in last Sunday’s All-Ireland SFC semi-final, it has been decided to postpone next weekend’s round of Mayo SFC games’’. However, the statement said that all intermediate game will go ahead as planned a part from fixtures that have members of the Mayo panel. These fixtures are Moy Davitts v Swinford, Westport v Shrule/Glencorrib and Burrishoole v Belmullet.
The statement went on further to say ‘’This has not been an easy decision for all concerned as we were faced with a Catch 22 situation. Everyone involved in Mayo GAA wishes to support the senior football team as effectively as we can in the run-up to September 18 – and, equally, everyone is fully aware of the impact a postponement at such late notice will have on club players and managements’’.
In explaining why the games were postponed the statement emphasised it was due to allow the team the four weeks preparation between now and the final to allow the team to perform at their peak level. The statement went on to encourage to rally around and support the team in the upcoming weeks and said ‘’ We hope all Mayo GAA people will understand the well-founded motivation for our decision and rally around the team for the next few weeks’’.
The games are now due to take place the weekend after the All-Ireland Final, which would the weekend of the 24th of September. The quarter final will be down for decision on the weekend of the 1st/2nd of October.