No fixtures fireworks

Patsy Dolan   SH40

Patsy Dolan

County Chairman Patsy Dolan has stood by the Competition Control Committee’s (CCC) decision to postpone last Friday’s planned round of senior club games.

And in a straw poll of club managers by the Fermanagh Herald, the county authorities appear to have broad support for their decision.


However, one man who was unhappy with the decision to postpone was Kinawley boss Iggy Gallagher.

“It’s a total disgrace, it showed the lack of respect for club players.” said Gallagher.

Patsy Dolan, however, believes that situations such as last week can’t be legislated for and the CCC handled the situation well.

“We have a Competitions Control Committee and they have total control over fixtures, when and when they may not be played in Fermanagh,” said Dolan. “I’d stand by the decisions taken by CCC. They are the people charged with the delivery of a programme of fixtures. They also look after all the aspects that impinge upon that. Any decision they take is always for the benefit of the clubs and the players of the county and I think that’s what they’ve done.

“CCC can’t legislate for things that might happen through the year that they might have to work around. Let that be what happened last weekend when we had the wonderful Match for Oisin McGrath which wasn’t known when they were doing their masterplan at the start of the year.

“Fixtures of the nature are a week to week rolling programme and I think the committee handles it exceptionally well given all the constraints that can be put upon them at any time in the year,” said Dolan.

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