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Calls for club games to be postponed - 'There's still time to do the right thing for all of Mayo GAA'

All-Star defender Ger Cafferkey, who is currently out injured, has made his feelings known.

Ger Cafferkey and Cian O'Sullivan Ger Cafferkey in action against Cian O'Sullivan in last year's All-Ireland semi-final replay Source: Cathal Noonan/INPHO

THE CALLS FOR Mayo GAA chiefs to postponed club matches fixed for next weekend to aid the All-Ireland final preparation are continuing to grow.

Ger Cafferkey, 2012 All-Star winner and an established Mayo defender, is currently out injured for the season with a hamstring injury.

Today he has lent his voice to the campaign for next weekend’s Mayo championship matches to be postponed with this statement on his Twitter account.

The debate raising questions about club players suffering at the expense of the county game.

Former Mayo players David Brady and Billy Joe Padden have expressed the view that the game is too significant with Mayo aiming to end their Sam Maguire drought which stretches back to 1951.

Another former Mayo player – Michael Moyles – has articulated just how tough a life it is for a GAA club player.

There is currently the third and final round of group games left to play in the Mayo club championships along with quarter-finals, semi-finals and final. The Mayo champions are due to represent Connacht on 30 October with the county final provisionally pencilled in for 16 October.

Of the 21 Mayo players who saw action in last Sunday’s All-Ireland semi-final win over Tipperary, 18 of them are scheduled to have club senior games this weekend.

  • Group 1 – Breaffy (Aidan, Conor and Seamus O’Shea) and Davitts (Colm Boyle).
  • Group 2 – Charlestown (Tom Parsons), Aghamore (Brendan Harrison), Ballintubber (Cillian and Diarmuid O’Connor, Alan Dillon).
  • Group 3 – Crossmolina (Conor Loftus), Ballinrobe (Donal Vaughan), Castlebar Mitchels (Barry Moran and Patrick Durcan), Ballina Stephenites (David Clarke and Evan Regan).
  • Group 4 – Knockmore (Kevin McLoughlin), Ballaghaderreen (Andy Moran), Ballyhaunis (Keith Higgins).

In the intermediate grade then, Lee Keegan (Westport), Chris Barrett (Belmullet) and Jason Doherty (Burrishoole) are all in action.

There are also U21 games scheduled involving Diarmuid O’Connor, Conor Loftus and Stephen Coen tomorrow night while O’Connor and Coen have matches on 31 August.

It remains to be seen whether the Mayo CCC will move to change those fixtures now.

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