Saturday mornings are usually reserved for lie-ins, but not for two clubs in Limerick next weekend.
On Saturday, the Ladies Junior Football Final between Gerald Griffins and Groody Gaels will throw in at 9am. The early morning throw-in is to facilitate a rugby tournament taking place in Limerick this weekend.
According to the Limerick Leader, the final venue of Knockainey is at least 35 minutes from both sides, with Gerald Griffins having to travel an hour to the south Limerick venue.
Former Limerick captain Dymphna O'Brien is part of the Gerald Griffins side. She said the 9am throw-in was "comical".
It says a lot about the respect that the powers that be at the County Board have for players, supporters and their families when they schedule a county final for 9am in the morning to facilitate a tag rugby event.
I have no doubt this type of comical scheduling would not occur in any of the other major codes or in any other county only Limerick.
On Monday morning, the Limerick County Board said they were given no option but to play the game at 9am. Croody Gaels had asked for the game to be rescheduled, but Gerald Griffins were not in a position to accomadate the request due to player availability.
Despite the early morning throw-in, the County Board are willing to change the time, if both teams agree to the move.
Whether it changes or not, the fact that a 9am throw-in was published for a County Final is ridiculous.