Laois GAA have confirmed that the postponed SHC Round 1 game between The Harps and Clough-Ballacolla has been re-fixed.
The game was scheduled to take place this Friday evening but a number of Covid-19 cases in The Harps saw them request and be granted a postponement.
The game will now take place on Sunday September 5 at 12pm in O’Moore Park – nine days after its original date.
This is a deviation from the regulation which stipulates that a postponed game must be played within five days.
Laois GAA’s Regulation states: “If the HSE or an official government body issues a quarantine order to a club, which will prevent that club from fulfilling their fixtures due to Covid-19 or where a club can satisfactorily demonstrate that in excess of four adult players from their club are unavailable due to being diagnosed positive for Covid or being considered a close contact of a Covid case, the following shall apply.
“The club may seek a postponement of a championship fixture from the CCC in this scenario, and such game will be re-fixed for a time and date, within a 5 day period from the original fixture, as considered appropriate by the CCC.
“In the event of a club being unable to fulfill a championship re-fixture in such circumstances, the game will be awarded to the opposing team, but without any further penalty being imposed on the Club (i.e Fine or Relegation where applicable).”
All other adult games involving The Harps will go ahead as scheduled as it is understood that the cases are largely confined to their senior team.
The Harps will play Mountmellick in Round 1 of the IHC on Sunday morning at 12.30pm while their Junior footballers will face Castletown on Wednesday September 1.