DAVY Fitzgerald has called for the postponement of this weekend’s Fitzgibbon Cup finals weekend.
The semi-finals and final of the Third Level senior hurling champions are to be hosted by Limerick IT this Friday and Saturday but the LIT manager feels that for the sake of player welfare the games should be postponed.
“You see what that knocked out of our bodies – we weren’t able to walk after it. To expect us to go out again is going to be a big ask,” said Fitzgerald after LIT’s win over IT Carlow this Tuesday in Moylish.
“I’d encourage them (Comhairle Ardoideachais) to see common sense. We’re always going on about player welfare and hopefully they can look at it,” he said of a potential postponement, stressing that he side could be in line to play three games in a period of five days.
Ironically it was such a hectic schedule that saw Mary Immaculate College exit the championship.
LIT are now due to play UL in Friday’s semi-final in Moylish.
“I don’t think we’d have a chance if we played again on Friday, with the effort that we’ve put in today. UL will have had no game for a week and a half – it’s a very big ask,” said Clare’s All Ireland winning manager.
He insisted that organisers LIT would be open to a postponement to ensure the welfare of players is paramount.
“For me it should be about the players – LIT will host it any time they want. I’m sure UL would want to play us and beat us when we’re fresh out,” said the long serving LIT hurling manager.
“The problem we had is the game (Carlow) was changed four times. It was so hard, four different team talks for four different days and trying to keep the focus was unreal.”
He added: “I’d encourage the CA (Comhairle Ardoideachais) to have a right look at the weekend.”