Really, I should pay more attention to detail, read the small print and not take everything I hear as gospel. The weekend before last had me too early for one event and late for another, all because I didn’t bother to thoroughly examine the fixture-lists. And if that wasn’t bad enough, I also had a team listed to play a week before they were actually due to.
A time of 4.15 was given as the start-up for the Croke Park programme, featuring the International Rules Series match. Not that unusual, I thought, given that the All-Ireland hurling final replay, also played on a Saturday, was timed for 5 o’clock. So I got there in good time, and was surprised there weren’t too many around the place. I soon realised why.
Starting at a quarter-past-four was the shinty meeting of Ireland and Scotland; Casey and the rest of the sunshine band wouldn’t be squaring up to the Aussies until nearly three hours later.
Because I travelled on the rattler I was able to have a few liquid refreshments, but it was a long evening, and a visit to Shelbourne Park was ruled out of the question. Like the game which followed, the shinty did nothing to float my boat. I’ll not be going back.
I’d swear I saw somewhere where the following day’s Leinster Club Championship match between Newtown Blues and Tullamore was at 3 o’clock. It didn’t start then, but a half-hour earlier, which I only discovered while travelling at a leisurely pace up the motorway. The needle came close to 120 on a few occasions after that, but I still didn’t make it in time for the throw-in.
I brought up the treble on getting home from Drogheda. There was a piece to be written for this page, and I chose to devote it to the three Louth teams’ upcoming provincial matches, and the fact that all would be played on home soil. Blues would be out against Summerhill on November 11, but Geraldines and Hunterstown Rovers would clash on Sunday last.
Not true. What it said on programme for the Blues/Tullamore tie – in very small print, admittedly – was that only Hunterstown would play then; Gers would take the field on November 3, which, of course is next Sunday.
Which is maybe just as well, because after the time they had at the dogs on Saturday night, I don’t think there’d be too many from Haggardstown or Blackrock fit to even watch a game the following day.