Fixtures wipe out a bonus for Walsh as big league double bill refixed for Sunday

Pearse Stadium under a blanket of snow last weekennd. The Salthill venue will host a big National League double-header on Sunday. Photo: Joe O'Shaughnessy.

LOCAL and national sporting fixtures were all wiped out due to the heavy snowfall last weekend but Galway football boss Kevin Walsh believes it could have been a blessing in disguise for some of his players.

With a number of the Tribesmen, including captain Damien Comer (NUI Galway), balancing their third-level colleges and inter-county commitments over the past month, Walsh had been considering resting a couple of these players for the scheduled Monaghan fixture last Sunday.

However, while most teams around the country may bemoan the loss of training days last week, Walsh could also see the positive side of it. “It (the snow) was a bit of a hiccup but it was also a bit of rest as well.

“We had (a hectic schedule over the past month), with lads in college and stuff. So, look it, if the game was to go ahead last week, and you had a clear run, you would probably have been trying to rest one or two of them anyway but, I suppose, maybe in the long run, the enforced break might have been a good thing. We will see how it goes.”

This, though, was not the first time Galway footballers’ plans have been disrupted this year having travelled to Castlebar for a FBD League tie in January only for it to be called off upon their arrival due to a frozen pitch while the final of the competition had also to be postponed for several weeks after falling victim to heavy rainfall.

In any event, Walsh charges, unbeaten in the league to date, returned to training last Sunday to prepare for the re-fixture of the Monaghan game at Pearse Stadium this Sunday (12:30pm). Walsh says he has been impressed with the Farney County’s league campaign to date.

Full coverage in this week’s Connacht Tribune.