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take it out of casement and it wont be played,,there s a couple of venues in the ards could host this game but powers to be wont take a gamble

sliothar (Antrim) - Posts: 339 - 15/08/2013 17:23:47    1462164

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Of course Gerard Monan is right. Down had some momentum after Christy Ring victory. The Ulster Council are so disinterested in hurling (except for Antrim of course) they did not build in provision for any replay (or extra time) at any stage. After all Antrim waltz straight into the final anyway so that seems to be all that matters. the Antrim boss is on record as saying provincial games need to be reorganised so perhaps the ulster Council are simply doing what he wants. The match could have been played any time in August. Don't think the venue is an issue as it was always to be in Derry for the Year of Culture....unless Antrim are not prepared to travel. if that is the case then award the match to Down!
Gerard Monan and Down deserve better. They won an All Ireland Championship and one would think the Ulster Council would show them a bit of respect! I admire him for speaking out and for speaking up for the players. He is the most successful manager Down has ever had. Ballygalget did superbly at All Ireland Club level when he was in charge and under his guidance Down won Christy for the first time. it is clear the players respect him and no doubt they will appreciate him saying that no one seems to care. Total disgrace that Down have NO idea when this match will be. tactics on the part of Antrim's mates on Ulster Council I think.....Down will have lost all momentum by the time they decide! Croke park should be forced to get involved...and MAKE A DECISION!

Co.Down1 (Down) - Posts: 163 - 15/08/2013 19:40:29    1462243

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I agree - its about time Croke Park told the Ulster Council to sort it out but the reality is if the players and management of the team couldnt give a s*** about this match (who could blame them) why would the rest of us care

Tim_Burr (Down) - Posts: 460 - 16/08/2013 10:07:57    1462401

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Down should refuse to play this game. Only when tough calls are made, does things change. If down plays this game, then nothing will change.

Long_John (Down) - Posts: 299 - 16/08/2013 11:28:34    1462438

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Fair point LJ

Tim_Burr (Down) - Posts: 460 - 16/08/2013 12:27:22    1462497

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Well said Co.Down1.

portavogielad (Down) - Posts: 444 - 16/08/2013 17:45:08    1462748

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Antrim have already startted their club championship, so why should they let the Ulster Council foist an Intercounty game on them willy nilly. They're also in an AI- U-21 semi-final against Wexford shorlty. Remember it was Down who were facilitated in calling off the original fixture. At this point it should have been fixed for the week after.

It won't be played now IMO.

bricktop (Down) - Posts: 2450 - 19/08/2013 11:55:18    1463736

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Bricktop the final was put back a week due to the draw which the Ulster Council had not planned for. Antrim, Down and Derry were all approached by UC re the date of 14 July and all three declined it for various reasons.
Down were quoted by the media as the Down chairman and manager explained why it didnt suit us but the fact is all three counties were facilitated not just Down.
I agree it may never be played and if it is who really cares at this stage

Tim_Burr (Down) - Posts: 460 - 19/08/2013 12:17:05    1463754

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Bricktop you are wrong about Down being facilitated. As Tim says the fault lies with the Ulster Council for not allowing for replays at any stage. As far as I have heard Down were willing to play at any time after the 21st July due to players having holidays arranged as the final should have been on 7th. Antrim are facilitated enough by getting straight into the final.One county should not be allowed to hold the Ulster Council to ransom... but then they are Antrim and have the UC in their pockets! Down would have given Antrim a real match had it been played end of July/early August. That is the reason a date has not been set!

Co.Down1 (Down) - Posts: 163 - 19/08/2013 19:11:21    1464179

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Jaysus just seen on twitter and HS match on 3 Nov, pure madness

Tim_Burr (Down) - Posts: 460 - 04/09/2013 12:58:56    1474919

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what did you expect?

Maybe the Ulster council should use this game to promote hurling in Ibiza and ship both teams out there to play it. at least the players will care then.

bricktop (Down) - Posts: 2450 - 05/09/2013 15:03:17    1475828

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I agree Bricktop, we shouldnt have expected anything else - Id say the players in both camps wont give a flying flute at this stage

Tim_Burr (Down) - Posts: 460 - 05/09/2013 15:59:14    1475901

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will be a good preseason fixture for both counties

Long_John (Down) - Posts: 299 - 05/09/2013 16:48:58    1475963

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Indeed LJ, just what an exhausted group of players need in winter

Tim_Burr (Down) - Posts: 460 - 06/09/2013 10:10:01    1476274

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Sheer madness! Antrim's lackeys doing their job again! maybe the Ulster Council want to start a new trend and play all championships in the winter. great way to promote hurling! It is a total farce! Maybe they should just give the cup to whoever turns up on the day! ALL the fault of the Ulster Council who were so shortsighted they did not build possibility of replay into scheduling. They would never let that happen with their beloved football 9or is it handball?) Cannot see there being many spectators in Derry in November!

Co.Down1 (Down) - Posts: 163 - 07/09/2013 14:22:37    1477075

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Antrim pulled out of Ulster Final November 3rd and Ulster Council award them the 2013 Championship - you heard it here first

Tim_Burr (Down) - Posts: 460 - 15/10/2013 15:41:02    1501181

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Tim have you got that right.......Antrim were awarded the Ulster title?

swan song (None) - Posts: 434 - 15/10/2013 15:47:34    1501190

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WHAT IS GOING ON!!!
Ulster Council finally picked Sunday 3 November as the date for the final but following further discussion, that fixture will not go ahead.

"At last week's Comhairle Uladh CCC meeting the Ulster Senior Hurling Final between Antrim and Down was discussed again," said a statement from the ulster Council this afternoon.

"Following correspondence received from the Antrim GAA County Committee on the same day, Comhairle Uladh CCC decided not to proceed with the fixture of the final as previously planned for Sunday 3rd November.

"While it is extremely regrettable that we are unable to proceed with the fixture at this time, the CCC remain committed to playing the Ulster Senior Hurling Final in due course."

THEMOLE2 (Down) - Posts: 1609 - 15/10/2013 16:51:07    1501239

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Here is all the proof we need that the Ulster Coucil care only about Antrim. I assume that the communication received from Antrim said they were not prepared to play on Nov.3rd...the date the Ulster Council set. o.K. then...don't play and award the fixture to the team prepared to fulfil the fixture...Down. But no, this is Antrim we are talking about so what do they do? Capitulate yet again and say it will be played sometime (i.e. when it suits Antrim.) TOTAL DISGRACE. I hope Down lodge an official complaint to headquarters and that the Ulster Council get hauled over the coals for their totally inefficiency and clear favouritism. This is the biggest Gaa joke in years! Down County Board MUST demand answers NOW.

Co.Down1 (Down) - Posts: 163 - 15/10/2013 19:22:46    1501324

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I think the Antrim county board had to point out to the Ulster Council that November is a closed month in terms of intercounty action and hence the game couldn't be played. You couldn't make this stuff up, Laurel and Hardy eat your hearts out.

bricktop (Down) - Posts: 2450 - 16/10/2013 15:14:51    1501707

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