There I was, wondering how I’d manage to bash out a concise work of literature summarising the action in today’s opening FBD League fixture, sitting, as I am, in departures at Dublin Airport. As is now abundantly clear to everyone, though, it turns out I don’t have to as the match was called off due to a frozen pitch at MacHale Park.
Clearly, calling a 2pm match off at 2pm – even if it’s only a pre-season game – isn’t the best way of going about things, not least given that at least 2,000 punters were already inside the gate at MacHale Park by then. The frozen conditions obviously meant that postponement of the game was the right call but, of course, there’s no reason the decision couldn’t have been made earlier in the day.
For those giving it to the County Board over what happened today, you need to note that this isn’t the right target. The FBD League is Connacht GAA’s gig so this one is on them. Anyway, it’s only January so I don’t think – regardless of all the giving out about everything that’s done nowadays – there’s too much need for righteous indignation. Easy to say, I know, seeing as I wasn’t there but you know what I mean.
The main point of note about today’s abandoned fixture – aside from the fact that it didn’t get played – is, surely, the team we named for it. A very youthful one it was too, containing several putative debutants – full details from the match programme (courtesy of @MayoClub51) are here.
This alternative Mayo line-up now have to wait until Wednesday night against Leitrim for the chance to shine. Hopefully, the ball will get thrown in then.