Monday, April 27, 2020

By Harry Shorthose
CHAIRMAN of the Carlow and District Football League Noel Jordan has insisted they will do all in their power to ensure the rest of the season goes ahead in some shape or form.
Before the Covid-19 outbreak, leading to restrictions on mass gatherings and sport, the league had just settled the race for the Tully’s Travel Division One title. With the JF Sports Youths League also settled, that left The Nationalist Premier Division, Whites TotalHealth Pharmacy Division Two and Coffee Lady Women’s League still up for decision. However, government restrictions on sport meant that this was called to a halt. However, Noel is hopeful that they can get some kind of season up and running again.

“We have a plan in place to go back on the first weekend of June,” Noel told The Nationalist. “It depends on the government and what criteria they lay down in regard to sports being opened back up again, especially junior games and juvenile games. The government are making an announcement on the fifth of May about the possibility of those restrictions being lifted. Whether they are or not, we don’t have any say, it totally depends on the government and the HSE say.
“The executive committee is keen to get the programme finished if at all possible but the health and well-being of our players and those involved in the clubs is of foremost importance. Sport comes second,” Noel said.
“Our referees’ branch will also be a big factor in when we return as nothing can be done without them.”
The hope is that restrictions on movement will be eased next weekend, giving clubs time to prepare for the resumption of leagues.
“We will then try and finish off our leagues,” Noel said. “Whether we have cup competitions is still to be decided. If we can’t get back by the first week in June, we will re-evaluate things and talk to the clubs and see where we go from there.”
There is still a possibility that the season may not be allowed to reach a conclusion.
“We will do everything in our power to make sure we finish the season and clubs will be consulted in these decisions and will have a say,” he said.
“I haven’t spoken to the Leinster FA yet but we are hopeful that they will continue the Leinster Junior Cup too as we have two clubs still left in the competition.”

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