20 August 2021 No Comments by The Northern Standard

The saga surrounding the Tyrone-Kerry All-Ireland Football Championship semi final leads JACK MADDEN to conclude that the Covid-shadowed 2021 season is not one for predictions…

Saturday: “Tyrone GAA Statement Re All-Ireland Final V Kerry: “This morning, the Tyrone GAA Management Committee has decided that it is not in a position to field its senior football team in the rescheduled All-Ireland football championship semi-final in Croke Park, next Saturday. “Having received expert medical opinion on the existing and future health and welfare of the players who contracted the Covid-19 virus during the period of this last two weeks, and following consultation with the team’s management, this decision has been made with the greatest reluctance, and with deep regret.”

Monday: “Tyrone GAA welcomes the decision taken by the CCCC at national level, this evening, to defer the All-Ireland football semi-final between Tyrone and Kerry to Saturday 28th August, as a result of the transmission of the Covid-19 virus among a number of players on the Tyrone panel. “Tyrone has also paid tribute to Kerry GAA and its senior football team for its assistance and co-operation in creating the circumstances that allowed this decision to be reached.” A hectic weekend for the GAA, and one that must have been more than nervewracking for those in the “Red Hand” county. Down through the years, they have rarely been far away from the headlines off the pitch, and it seems this year is to be no different.

At one stage over the weekend, it seemed like the odds were stacked heavily in favour of another Dublin-Kerry duel for the rights to claim Sam. Hours later, the Dubs were knocked from their perch by a resurgent Mayo side, boosted by…

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