Antrim senior hurling squad hit by Covid-19 outbreak ahead of Joe McDonagh Cup opener

October 22, 2020

Covid-19 outbreak in Antrim

Antrim GAA said this evening that five players from the county senior hurling squad have tested positive for Covid-19 but that the Saffrons still plan on fulfilling their Joe McDonagh Cup round 1 fixture against Westmeath.

One of the five players felt unwell after playing in the county's Allianz Hurling League Division 2A final victory over Kerry on Sunday and having returned a positive test, a rapid testing approach was carried out on the entire squad and backroom team, resulting in further confirmed cases. 

A member of the Antrim backroom team has also been found to have contracted the coronavirus while another player is self-isolating as a precaution. With a depleted squad to choose from, Antrim are "aiming for a victory on the pitch" in Corrigan Park on Sunday (throw-in 2pm).

"While Covid and injuries will result in depleted squad numbers, we in Antrim have confidence in all panel members and we put our best foot forward on Sunday aiming for a victory on the pitch while also upholding the integrity of the competition in a sporting manner." Antrim GAA wrote.

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