Timing of the Galway and Clare replay could spell disaster for the GAA 11 months ago

Timing of the Galway and Clare replay could spell disaster for the GAA

RTE have decided to show three games on Sunday with Galway v Clare, Dublin v Roscommon and Donegal v Tyrone all set to be televised on the national broadcaster.

The All-Ireland semi-final replay will be shown live on RTÉ 2 from 2pm, while the must-win All-Ireland quarter-final group stage match between Donegal and Tyrone (RTÉ 1) and the dead rubber between Dublin and Roscommon (RTÉ News Now) will both throw-in from 3:30pm.

The relative proximity of all three games could create a scenario where viewers could have to choose between the three different matches and this possibility will be inevitable if the semi-final between Galway and Clare once again goes to extra-time as it did last weekend at Croke Park.

However, the GAA's decision to move the All-Ireland U21 hurling semi-final between Galway and Tipperary from Saturday to Wednesday week creates a situation where the GAA could have completely avoided such a scenario.

If the association brought the Cork and Wexford U21 semi-final forward to 2pm from 4pm on Saturday, it would have created an ideal slot for the Clare and Galway game at 4pm with the final round of the All-Ireland quarter-final group stage games then set to take place from 6pm.

Alternatively, if the GAA moved the Sunday All-Ireland quarter-final group stage games back to a later time it would also eliminate the potential of games clashing.

The current scenario leaves a possibility open that viewers would have to choose between the hurling and football on the Sunday.

Fixtures

Saturday 4 August

All-Ireland U21HC semi-finals
Galway v Tipperary, Cusack Park, Ennis, 2pm - TG4 (*moved to Wednesday week)
Cork v Wexford, Nowlan Park, 4pm - TG4

All-Ireland SFC quarter-final round 3
Galway v Monaghan, Pearse Stadium, 6pm - Sky Sports
Kerry v Kildare, Fitzgerald Stadium, 6pm - Sky Sports

Sunday 5 August

All-Ireland SHC semi-final replay
Galway v Clare, Semple Stadium, 2pm - RTE 2

All-Ireland SFC quarter-final round 3
Donegal v Tyrone, Ballybofey, 3.30pm - RTE 1
Dublin v Roscommon, Croke Park, 3.30pm - RTE News Now