Arravale Rovers and Galtee Rovers play in the Ballinalard Transport Ltd West senior football final at Lattin on Sunday afternoon at 2.30 pm.
Arravale will be slight favourites because of their impressive performance against Loughmore-Castleiney in the county quarter final, now that the latter overcame Clonmel Commercials in the semi-final last Sunday.
The fact that the West final will take place a week before the county final and that the winning side goes no further has taken something away from next Sunday’s game. Not only is the final downgraded as a result but the whole championship was a bit of an anti-climax in 2013.
JUST three games in west senior football
Earlier in the year the County CCC decided that divisional championships would have to be played on a knockout basis. The result was that the West championship, with four teams, had just two semi-finals before next Sunday’s game, a grand total of three games against nine games last year. The nine games included a replay in the semi-final.
Such a curtailment of games has meant that there has been very little senior football in the division this year. As well fewer games have meant less income. Last year the nine games brought in approximately €4,500. The likelihood is that this year’s championship will realise half that amount.
The West semi-finals were played at the end of August. Galtee Rovers defeated Aherlow by 1-10 to 1-5 at Sean Treacy Park on August 31.
The second semi, between Arravale Rovers and Eire Óg, went ahead at Dundrum the following day, with victory going to Arravale Rovers by 0-12 to 1-8.
The interesting thing about Sunday’s game is that the sides have avoided one another so far this year, meeting neither in the West nor the county championship. The last time they met in the championship was in the West semi-final in 2012.
On that occasion the sides finished level at 0-10 each, but Arravale Rovers came out on top in the replay by 2-11 to 0-9.