The GPA have released a strongly-worded statement outlining just how unhappy some squads are with fixtures being moved at short notice.
Adverse weather conditions caused a number of National League fixtures to be rescheduled from Sunday to Monday which meant that players would have to organise alternative personal or work arrangements at extremely short notice.
In the statement, the GPA state that they will support squads looking to get these games rescheduled again for a more acceptable date and time:
“Notwithstanding the recent inclement weather conditions creating considerable challenges for the CCCC with regard to rescheduling of games, the GPA consider it wholly unacceptable that no consultation was made with players beforehand.
“It would appear that little or no consideration was given to players who have contractual obligations to their employers to fulfil. Furthermore, many of our players have personal or family arrangements for tomorrow which must now be changed at short notice.
“The GPA will be supporting a number of squads who have outlined their commitment not to fulfil their fixtures tomorrow due to players unavailability. We have this evening contacted the GAA outlining our support for these squads and requesting that the CCCC find an alternative arrangement for these games.”
Among the games postponed on Sunday were all four Hurling League quarter-finals, the Division 2A final between Westmeath and Carlow, and a handful of Football League clashes from Divisions two, three and four. The All-Ireland Club Camogie Championship finals were also postponed, with a new date yet to be set.
To some extent, however, the poor weather has done the GPA’s job for them, as a number of the above clashes were postponed yet again after the adverse conditions continued into Monday and rendered the pitches unplayable. The matches affected could now be slotted into the calendar next weekend.