Taghmon patience tested by weather
Published 15/12/2015 | 00:00
Spare a thought right now for the Under-21 footballers of Taghmon-Camross who appear to be unfortunate victims of their own District's efficiency.
They were the first of the District Roinn 1 champions to be crowned for 2015 when they beat St. James' by 2-6 to 0-10 in the New Ross final in O'Kennedy Park on November 21. Admittedly, this was a little easier to manage given that only four teams participated which was the lowest number from any of the four Districts.
However, they won't be playing again now until the first weekend in January at the very latest after both Gorey District semi-finals were postponed for the second Saturday running.
Attempts to play Castletown and Ballinastragh Gaels, and Craanford and Réalt na Mara, have been aborted twice now due to the woeful weather, and all the while Taghmon-Camross are waiting patiently as they are due to meet the Gorey District winners in the county semi-final.
The first penultimate round tie, between Ballyhogue and Wygram Gaels, was also postponed last weekend and will now take place next Saturday in St. Patrick's Park at 2 p.m.
The scheduled venue of Taghmon was deemed unplayable, and it wasn't feasible to get the clubs to toss for home advantage as the Wexford town combination of Volunteers and Clonard didn't have a field available.
Of course, the fact that the last championship of the year is posing so many problems will no doubt be sweet music to the ears of those who feel the Under-21 grade should be done away with entirely.
Still, if they need convincing of its true worth, they should ask anyone from Crossabeg-Ballymurn after the Over The Water club became the first outfit since 2002 to complete a Premier double on Sunday.
The delay in finishing the Under-21 Roinn 1 championship isn't ideal though, especially as it may impact on some of the county players who are due to assist Wexford in the inaugural Peter McNulty Memorial tournament throughout the month of January.