Liam Silke has been all over the news this past week and unfortunately, it has nothing to do with his footballing talents.
A vital member of a Corofin side looking to retain their All-Ireland club title, Silke is also part of a star-studded UCD side looking to complete back-to-back Sigerson Cups.
A fixture clash means Silke is set to miss this weekend’s Sigerson Cup semi-final against St Mary’s Belfast. It is unfortunate given that the same situation arose last year and lead to Silke’s club mate Kieran Molloy having to play two games in one day.
Speaking at the launch of Bodibro Sportswear New Range, Silke admits the fixture pile-up is a disastrous situation and that UCD flagged the possibility of this happening in November but it fell on deaf ears.
“It’s not great to be missing out, just having them on the same weekend… it’s a bit of a disaster really. After last year, you’d think they would have learned their lesson but it’s the same racket again.
“I’ve been talking to the UCD management team and they’d flagged this potential fixture clash to the GAA back in November and there was nothing done about it then…They just felt that it wouldn’t have been fair on me to play two games in the one weekend and that’s why they didn’t put in a last minute request to have the game changed.”
Silke feels both himself and Molloy have been let down by the GAA over the situation, highlighting the unfairness in Molloy having to play two games in one weekend for the second year running.
“The GAA is letting us down by having this happening, it’s just the same mistakes again. It’s not fair on Kieran, having to play two games in one weekend but that’s just the situation he’s been put into. I’d love to be playing as well, but it’s not really possible, and not good enough really.”