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The news last week that Kil­dare’s first O’byrne Cup game falls on the same De­cem­ber date they are per­mit­ted to re­turn to col­lec­tive train­ing was an em­bar­rass­ment for the Le­in­ster Coun­cil. In light of the achieve­ments made by Croke Park in con­tract­ing the GAA cal­en­dar this year, it served as a re­minder that not ev­ery­one is on the same page.

Never mind that those who sched­uled the Li­ly­whites’ game against Of­faly were obliv­i­ous to the col­lec­tive train­ing mo­ra­to­rium, the prechrist­mas start to the pre-sea­son com­pe­ti­tion flies in the face of the CPA and GPA’S con­cerns about there be­ing no ef­fec­tive closed sea­son.

Af­ter the pub­li­ca­tion of the ESRI re­port which GAA di­rec­tor gen­eral Tom Ryan de­scribed as “sober­ing” in re­la­tion to the de­mands placed on play­ers, Kil­dare’s De­cem­ber 8 game sends out the sig­nal that not much has been learned from it.

What the Le­in­ster Coun­cil can’t be blamed for, though, is the ar­rang­ing of St Pa­trick’s Le­in­ster club SFC clash with Rhode 24 hours af­ter they beat Rath­new in the Wick­low fi­nal re­play. Wick­low, who ex­ited the All-ire­land SFC on June 9, had am­ple time to com­plete their cham­pi­onship so that the mat­ter of a fi­nal re­play would not have im­pinged on their win­ners’ ad­vance in the provin­cial cham­pi­onship.

Le­in­ster couldn’t be seen to be mak­ing al­lowances for those who had al­ready taken great lib­er­ties with the run­ning of their premier com­pe­ti­tion.

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