There was due to be a full slate of 21 games in the GAA’s various pre-season competitions this Sunday afternoon, however, freezing weather conditions wreaked havoc with pitches all over the country.
However, while the fact that pitches are unplayable is something that can’t be helped, the short notice given to supporters is one thing that could have been dealt with a lot better.
It is fair to say that only the die-hard supporters made the trip – that could have been up to five hours.
After making the journey, Donegal supporters, and fans of the hosts Monaghan, were told that the game would be postponed – after the scheduled throw-in time.
The #BOIMcKennaCup fixture between @monaghangaa and @officialdonegal has just been officially called off following a pitch inspection (announcement made 7 minutes after the scheduled throw-in). Plenty of disgruntled fans, some with a long journey home. pic.twitter.com/4l9fVn46kA
— Shane Hannon (@ShaneHannon01) January 7, 2018
It wasn’t just Monaghan v Donegal that was affected by poor weather conditions. The clashes between Armagh and Derry as well both games due to take place in Connacht (Mayo v Galway and Leitrim v Sligo) were also called off shortly before throw-in.
Lateness being taken to a new level in the GAA today…
Monaghan v Donegal and Galway v Mayo both called off after the official throw in times due to frozen pitches.
— Donna Martin (@DonnaMartin03) January 7, 2018
Monaghan and Donegal called off. This is what I was talking about on Friday. 3 months of the inter county calendar are being used for preliminary competitions, including a month which brings poor weather. Squeezed 4 month Championship. Makes no sense to me.
— John Duggan (@JohnDugganSport) January 7, 2018
Mayo and Galway as well. Game supposed to start at 2pm and decided then to call a pitch inspection at that time despite people having made the journey to the ground at the time. Ridiculous.
— Christopher Ryan (@cryan171) January 7, 2018
Was looking forward to first taste of McKenna Cup football in Clones but Monaghan and Donegal called off. The corner of the pitch nearest the town completely frozen. pic.twitter.com/hyEGi9K8G4
— Barry Lenihan (@BarryLenihan) January 7, 2018
Armagh and Derry was one of the first games to be called off. However, with the announcement less than 20 minutes before the game was due to commence the vast majority of the crowd were either already seated or en route.
Pure joke announcing it so late, feel even more sorry for those who travelled the whole way from Derry.
— Melissa Flynn (@Meyonce) January 7, 2018
All travelling Derry fans should be compensated for their travel expenses. Calling a game off 15 minutes before the game time is a farce.
— Conall McNally (@ConallMcN94) January 7, 2018
That's a poor show, only announcing it now. I wonder how many Derry fans have made the wasted journey.
— Henky7 (@ArdMhachaBhoy7) January 7, 2018
I traveled the whole way from Blackwatertown this is a disgrace
— p.casey (@pcasey7) January 7, 2018
Fans in Armagh who paid to enter the grounds were reportedly told that refunds would not be available – but they would gain free entry into the re-fixture.
In hurling, one game in the Kehoe Cup competition in Leinster was called off.
Keogh Cup game postponed https://t.co/FtVWVWUOSK
— Leinster GAA (@gaaleinster) January 7, 2018