Malachy Clerkin writes about it in today’s IT … here’s an excerpt
In Tipperary this Sunday, the county football final is down for decision between Loughmore-Castleiney and Moyle Rovers. This is Tipperary, the story of the football summer. Tipperary, who shook up a changeless semi-final line-up by making it to the last four, the first Division Three team to do since Wexford in 2008. Tipperary, a beacon of hope for the footballing down-trodden everywhere.
But because the Munster hurling quarter-final between Thurles Sarsfields and Ballygunner is being played in Semple Stadium, the footballers will face off in Leahy Park, Cashel.
The hurling throws in at 2pm, the football at 2.30pm. So not only can no interested neutrals go to both matches, local radio can’t do full commentary on them both.
The Tipperary County Board set the date and venue for the final on the night of October 16th, after Thurles Sarsfields had won the hurling final. It was already set in stone that Thurles would play the Waterford champions on Sunday 30th, as delicious a club hurling encounter as we might see this side of Christmas.
It is the game of the day anywhere in the country this Sunday, football or hurling.
And yet the Tipp football final is up against it, by the county board’s own hand. The football board asked for Semple Stadium and came up with three different ways of playing the final there – on Saturday night, as a curtain-raiser to the hurling on Sunday or delayed to Sunday week – but were turned down on all three counts by the county board.