One thing that clubs and club players have been very annoyed with all across Ireland is when a master fixture list is drawn up, and then it gets thrown out the window when the intercounty team wins or loses a game unexpectedly, leading to cancellations and refixtures. If you do something like this, you have to be sure that if you do get that surprise result, you're going to hold firm - and since that would mean playing a round of club championship 7 days before a potential Leinster SHC semi final, I think we all know that won't work.frankthetank wrote:If Offaly qualify from Round Robin and lose Leinster Q-Final there will be a four week gap to their first game in qualifiers. Surely a provision should have been made to play a round of senior championship in that 4 week window. The inter-county players would probably welcome it as a break from training constantly with Offaly and it might freshen things up for some of them.
Alternatively, you could fix the game and send out a clear message to your players that we think you haven't a hope in hell of reaching the Leinster semi-finals.
And that's before you take into account the county footballers. As a Rynaghs man, I'd be pretty confident you wouldn't be happy with being told to play a championship hurling game without Joey O'Connor, for example.
This has been looked at in great depth - it's simply not possible to fix championship games between April and July in a dual county, and until the GAA intercounty calendar changes hugely, it won't be.