Split decision for Offaly fans

WHILE attempts have been made in the past week by some individuals within the county to drive a wedge between the football and hurling camps, the respective panels of players will be divided by 130 miles this Saturday thanks to the powers that be in Croke Park.

WHILE attempts have been made in the past week by some individuals within the county to drive a wedge between the football and hurling camps, the respective panels of players will be divided by 130 miles this Saturday thanks to the powers that be in Croke Park.

Both the Senior Hurlers and Senior Footballers are in action in the qualifiers and while there is three and a half hours between the end of the first game and the start of the second, it is a big ask to expect supporters who have been on the road since early morning to make their way back from the hurling in Pairc Ui Caoimh to the football O’Connor Park.

And that is without factoring in the excessive cost of a family attending two inter-county games at different venues on the one day.

This is not the first time Offaly fans have found themselves having to decide between which team to support and unfortunately it is unlikely to be the last.

While it is easy for some to pigeon hole the county into hurling areas and football areas, the truth on the ground is that there is broad support for both codes from Coolderry to Clonbullogue.

Fixing games in the All Ireland Qulaifiers for a dual county on the same day with such a distance between venues does nothing to the help the promotion of either code at a time when Offaly teams need all the support they can get

See this week’s Offaly Express for full previews on both games plus Offaly’s U-21HC encounter with Dublin.