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Coulter Calls It

Tuesday, 20 March 2018

The Down and Tipperary match fell victim to the weather and now has to be refixed for either this Sunday, or Easter Sunday, which the leaves the Division Two final a week behind as there was no free weekends in between the remaining matches.

It is an unfortunate situation with the weather but surely in this day and age it should never have been allowed to get to a situation where everything will now have to go back a week.

It also has a knockon affect on club football as lots of club matches has been fixed for Easter Saturday but now they look like they will be put back on to the Easter Tuesday date.

Nothing really changes for Down with the fact that they will still have to beat Meath in a winner takes all match, whether it's next weekend or Easter Sunday.

Armagh have gained promotion back to Division Two with a hard fought draw away to Fermanagh, which now sees them go back up with one match to spare.

It is a good achievement for Armagh as they had a few tricky games along the way but they have come out the other side in flying colours and now can start turning their attentions to the Ulster Championship and start to plan for that, which is a great position to be in.

Kieran McGeeney deserves a lot of credit as he has had to deal with the fact that so many top players have opted out of the panel this year.

The weather has now played havoc with this years Allianz National League and some players showed their frustration on social media on Sunday at the fact they had to play some games on the Bank Holiday Monday (yesterday) with little or no discussion with the players.

Some lads would have been working on Monday and I just don't think it's acceptable to ask lads to play a match on a Monday. Even as late as 8pm on a Sunday night, some players didn't know what was happening regarding matches.

The question has to be asked as to how the GAA got themselves in the mess in the first place.

As after the last league matches there is no football for all of six weeks, which tells you where the problem lies.

The National League is a brilliant competition with so many great games but by the looks of things it's now just getting pushed in for the sake of getting it played.

An option would be to start it in early January and finish it in the middle of April that gives you a few weekends free and also gives you plenty of room for manoeuvre if something untowards happens and everyone is happy.

On a side note, I think the Ulster Championship is a very even competition this year with anyone of the eight teams in with a chance of winning it, as all teams on there day can beat one another.

I don't think Antrim can be put in the same bracket as the rest of the teams in Ulster, but other than that it should be a very exciting competition.

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