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The Corona Virus And Possible Effects To GAA Matches

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surely the gaa have to act quick and look after their supporters ans postpone matches i have a season ticket so am very worried about fixtures going head this week . the gaa will have to cancel matches so quick fix to this situation .

lor12 (Wicklow) - Posts: 166 - 09/03/2020 17:46:50    2273104

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Replying To gaelicgab:  "St Gall's in Antrim have confirmed a case in their club link"
is that davitts? were the hurling final is to be played

Canuckgael (USA) - Posts: 9 - 09/03/2020 18:08:59    2273107

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By all accounts it will be well spread by the summer. So if matches go ahead teams could be without players and management/backroom staff.
We could see surprise All Ireland champions in both hurling and football. Maybe a wise/ or stupid team would allow its squad and management to get the virus sooner rather than later.

heartbroken (Galway) - Posts: 312 - 09/03/2020 18:55:45    2273118

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Hopefully the virus doesn't escalate to that level but if there's a restriction on public gatherings it would surely be effected, uk government met today and said at the current level there's no need to postpone or play games behind closed doors yet.

wexico15 (Wexford) - Posts: 2058 - 09/03/2020 20:50:25    2273137

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Replying To The_Fonz:  "Was foot and mouth not 2001?"
And also 1941

Oldertourman (Limerick) - Posts: 96 - 09/03/2020 21:19:02    2273146

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Replying To The_Fonz:  "Not really, Ireland were to play England in February 2001 in Landsdowne road and it was postponed due to foot and mouth. The match eventually went ahead on October 2001. It hadn't much effect on GAA only patrons had to wipe their feet on disinfecting mats outside venues."
It's a bit of a blur but I seem to remember that Armagh were forced out of the league half way through because of it and Westmeath went then on to contest the Division 2 Final beating Cork in Croke Park which in turn was a springboard for our long Summer of 2001.

Jack_Sparrow (Westmeath) - Posts: 851 - 09/03/2020 22:01:16    2273158

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Replying To heartbroken:  "By all accounts it will be well spread by the summer. So if matches go ahead teams could be without players and management/backroom staff.
We could see surprise All Ireland champions in both hurling and football. Maybe a wise/ or stupid team would allow its squad and management to get the virus sooner rather than later."
Once Ireland hits the delay phase all large gatherings will be at an end, that is expected within the next couple of weeks. At that point the GAA has a decision to make, play behind closed doors or defer the games to much later in the year.
If a player in a county squad gets the virus the whole squad will be in lockdown for at least two weeks so they will not be training or playing until there is certainty that all the players, back-room staff etc are free from the virus. If one player in the squad gets it, there is perhaps a 100% chance that someone else has it in the squad. The surprise may be if we see an All Ireland this year.

zinny (Wexford) - Posts: 671 - 10/03/2020 01:18:24    2273176

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Clever thing would be to help contain the virus now all games be suspended in the hope that the virus can be contained and provide the hope that the summer season can be saved while playing it's part in ensuring the country escapes the worst effects of the virus, take some pain now for gain later in the season

If this isnt contained over the next few weeks then the potential to stop the championship season is very real....certainly the hurling leagues are more or less finished bar some of the play/offs and finals but a simple re-structuring of the leagues (promote both finalists etc) and then have two relegated next year sorts that if need be....more problematic with the football leagues particularly given the implications for Tier 2.....

Very difficult for the GAA to be honest but if government comes out suggesting that public gatherings are minimised then they may have no choice

ArmaghCat (Armagh) - Posts: 11 - 10/03/2020 11:32:40    2273203

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Bigger events like the Olympics and European Championships are not certain to go ahead,. The he All Ireland Championship will be in the same boat.

FoolsGold (Cavan) - Posts: 2021 - 10/03/2020 11:59:23    2273212

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Just a thought: what about players wearing masks while at hurling or football? The kind you see nurses wearing? Increase the amount of subs you can bring in and rotate your starters in and out as needed.

Trump2020 (Galway) - Posts: 892 - 10/03/2020 12:13:22    2273215

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Replying To FoolsGold:  "Bigger events like the Olympics and European Championships are not certain to go ahead,. The he All Ireland Championship will be in the same boat."
They involve a huge amount of international travel, some of which is from countries with higher numbers of infections. Those events are a much greater risk than local sporting activities.
It does look inevitable that this year's football and hurling championships will be affected, however.
They could just cancel it now and award Sam Maguire to whoever is top of the Division 1 at this point. I think that would be fairest.

WanPintWin (Galway) - Posts: 707 - 10/03/2020 12:31:17    2273217

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Replying To Trump2020:  "Just a thought: what about players wearing masks while at hurling or football? The kind you see nurses wearing? Increase the amount of subs you can bring in and rotate your starters in and out as needed."
Would be as effective to just tie a chicken to each players leg.......

Offside_Rule (Antrim) - Posts: 3968 - 10/03/2020 12:34:01    2273218

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Replying To Trump2020:  "Just a thought: what about players wearing masks while at hurling or football? The kind you see nurses wearing? Increase the amount of subs you can bring in and rotate your starters in and out as needed."
Most medical opinion would suggest that wearing a mask is only useful if you already have it but there is a benefit that by wearing it you are less likely to touch your face i.e. nose and mouth. Some studies have suggested it may also prevent you from getting the virus but they are not conclusive hence why some people do wear them and others don't. So if they are sick the only way to 100% prevent them from passing it on is quarantine. So, no they won't be wearing masks as if they are sick or showing symptoms they and the entire team will be under quarantine.

zinny (Wexford) - Posts: 671 - 10/03/2020 12:49:52    2273221

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It's going to be a disaster if all the sport is cancelled but if it helps to stop this virus killing people then sport doesn't really matter when you think about it, we have Tyrone in Ballybofey Sat evening, no word yet I suppose it will go ahead as normal.

Tirchonaill1 (Donegal) - Posts: 812 - 10/03/2020 15:19:42    2273244

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Genuinely believe that all matches should be cancelled to prevent spread and the quicker the virus dies out the better; then we can get back into the enjoyment of the sport. Yes, it will be difficult to fix the calender year and whether or not to play them in later stages of the year or even longer. For some this could leave difficulties mentally in the lives of many because I can't imagine my life without The GAA and sport in general as it keeps me interested and always have something to look forward too whether it's playing a friendly five a side soccer match to watching the six nations to watching\going to Hurling and Gaelic matches but the heath and well-being of the all players, management, fans and general public is more important than risking our lives for the love of the game.

oakleafersir (Derry) - Posts: 797 - 10/03/2020 15:48:57    2273254

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GAA said every decision on this will be based on HSE advice

wexico15 (Wexford) - Posts: 2058 - 10/03/2020 16:47:37    2273268

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We will be lucky to get the weekend done. The GAA should be focused on how to cope with it now assuming it's potentially August by the time it can start. Each county and club will need guidance on what they can and have to do. I am hoping that club activity can continue but will also have restrictions.

zinny (Wexford) - Posts: 671 - 11/03/2020 00:15:59    2273327

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One possible way the GAA could restructure the fixture calendar given the current climate is to run the club championships during the summer starting in April in which clubs could play matches at club grounds with no spectators if required, there will be less travel involved compared to inter county and therefore a lesser risk of contamination. The championship could be deferred until July or August and reviewed then as regards commencing it on the basis of how the country is effected with the virus then. What is an inter county loss could be a club gain and surely they deserve a break with regard to fixture arranging.

Deisewexican (Waterford) - Posts: 29 - 11/03/2020 02:59:48    2273329

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It's the inability of people in charge to make the call that needs to be made that is a big part of the reason more people will contract this virus.
HSE how are you, leaving these people make the right decision is a joke considering how incompetent they have shown themselves to be.
Also, the fact that cheltenham has been allowed to proceed would be laughable if it wasn't so serious. What a bunch of idiots.

catch22 (USA) - Posts: 1339 - 11/03/2020 07:55:32    2273332

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Replying To catch22:  "It's the inability of people in charge to make the call that needs to be made that is a big part of the reason more people will contract this virus.
HSE how are you, leaving these people make the right decision is a joke considering how incompetent they have shown themselves to be.
Also, the fact that cheltenham has been allowed to proceed would be laughable if it wasn't so serious. What a bunch of idiots."
Agree on Chelthnham but that was hardly the HSEs call.

zinny (Wexford) - Posts: 671 - 11/03/2020 09:47:28    2273340

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