GAA club championships push ahead despite Covid delays

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Kilcoo will face Mayobridge in the Down senior football championship.

The condensed GAA club season made a welcome return in July after a lengthy spell away, but the return to action has not come without issue.

As the county championships roll on, the number of clubs suspending all activities continues to rise, with players across the country testing positive for Covid-19.

While each county board amended their own championship structures, many counties are facing a busy end to their competitions, as matches have been postponed to accommodate stricken clubs.

Championships in Munster have been severely affected, with outbreaks in clubs in Cork, Limerick and Clare having a bearing on games.

Earlier this week, Clare club Cratloe confirmed six players had tested positive for the virus, causing players from Clondegad to self-isolate having played Cratloe previously.

Cratloe’s second round match in the senior hurling championship against Éire Óg has since been postponed.

The county’s senior football championship is also in the second round, with last year’s winners, St Joseph’s Miltown Malbay facing Doonbeg.

Following the reintroduction of lockdown measures in Kildare, Laois and Offaly, all championships in the counties have been put on hold.

The GAA confirmed earlier this week that clubs could return to training, but no matches are permitted to take place for at least two weeks, until Government restrictions are lifted.

In Dublin, the final round of the group stages of the senior football championship will be played this weekend.

Thomas Davis against Ballymun Kickhams and reinging champions Ballyboden St Enda’s against Whitehall Colmcille are just two of the games set to take place.

In the senior hurling championship, St Vincents, Kilmacud Crokes, St Brigids and Na Fianna have topped the group stages and wait for their date in the quarter finals.

The Mayo senior football championship is ploughing ahead, with the final round of the group stages being held next weekend.

Castlebarr Mitchells were bettered by Breafy last weekend, who had been beaten by Westport in their first game of the season.

In Down, All-Ireland club finalists Kilcoo with meet Mayobridge in the senior football championship.

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