ONE of the most mouth-watering fixtures in the opening round of the 2017 Tyrone Senior Championship has been pencilled in for the same date as the All-Ireland Football Final in just over a fortnight’s time.
Traditionally the club schedule across the country comes to a halt for the showpiece occasion in the GAA calendar, but the Tyrone CCC have this season set aside such protocol, in a move which is bound to provoke controversy.
On Sunday September 17th there will be a double bill of Tyrone Championship matches going ahead in Loughmacrory, with Derrylaughan meeting Castlederg at 4.45pm in the Intermediate First Round, followed by the blockbuster Senior first round collision between Omagh and Ardboe at 6.15pm.
It’s a decision which is certain to cause consternation in many quarters, with supporters of the competing teams (as well as many neutrals) having to decide between the attractive domestic double bill and the Croke Park Sam Maguire showdown between Dublin and Mayo which will throw-in at 3.30pm that Sunday.
However the move pans out, the Tyrone fixture makers have laid out their itinerary for a packed schedule of Championship knockout action over the next month, with the dates, times and venues released on Monday for the eight SFC and IFC first round games.
The Quarter-Finals in all three grades (including Junior which is already down to the last eight bar one outstanding first round replay) are due to take place on the weekend of Friday Sept 22-Sunday Sept 24, with the Championship semi-finals marked in for Sunday October 1st.
Posted: 9:02 pm August 31, 2017
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