Well, the snow has arrived. Not just up here in the east but across most of the country as well it would appear.
But what fell last night is, by all accounts, merely the opening salvo, with blizzard conditions expected to hit tomorrow and Friday. The worst of the snow should have fallen by Saturday but the temperatures aren’t expected to recover until sometime next week so whatever snow falls isn’t going to be going anywhere anytime soon.
All of which means that there doesn’t seem to be a snowball’s chance in hell (I ducked as I typed that bit) that any sporting activity will take place this coming weekend. In our case that means that our NFL Round 5 match against Kildare and the hurlers’ NHL Division 2B clash with Down are almost certain to be off.
The GAA released a brief holding statement yesterday (here) in which they confirmed that “a fixtures plan is being put in place to cater for any potential negative impact caused by the adverse weather on the Allianz Leagues.” It’s safe enough to assume, then, that this plan will now need to be activated and that details of it will be revealed in due course.
Rescheduling the Round 5 football matches should be relatively simple, given that the Round 6 matches aren’t due to be played until St Patrick’s weekend. Pushing all the Round 5 fixtures back by seven days is the easy solution there.
For the hurlers it’s trickier as there are matches scheduled every weekend between now and when the NHL is due to conclude. This means more imaginative solutions need to be looked at there, maybe by pushing the finals back by a week.
Take it handy out there, folks.