FOR the second time in three weeks Tobermore had an enforced free Saturday. On the first occasion on Nov 5th, their game against Larne was postponed as Larne were involved in a cup semi-final game but on Saturday past, Nov 19th, Tobermore were scheduled to play at Loughgall. However, due to an earlier gap in the fixture list both clubs requested that the Nov 19th game be brought forward to Sept 23rd which was granted by the IFA.
Both clubs obviously were aware that the Nov 19th would now be a free day so they requested that the return fixture, due to be played on April 28th, be brought forward to but this time the IFA turned down their request as league rules state that this game was scheduled to be played after the cut off date which is the last Saturday in February.
There are probably good reasons for this rule but no one at the two clubs could figure it out and it will most likely be discussed at the next Championship meeting.
What makes it even more frustrating is that, especially with the bad winters we have experienced this past few years, clubs could again find themselves with enforced free Saturdays throughout the season and then two or three games a week next April and May.
This Saturday Tobermore were due to have another free Saturday as they have a bye in the Intermediate cup but luckily Larne agreed to reschedule the postponed game so its off to Inver with a 3.00pm kick off.
IFA Grassroots Development Officer Ciaran Donaghy visited Tobermore’s Mini Soccer Centre last Saturday.
Ciaran took part in the fun sessions and presented coach Sean McElvenny with his “First Aid” and “Safeguarding Children and Young People In Football” certificates.
Tobermore United’s popular Mini Soccer Centre continues this Saturday morning in Maghera Recreation Centre, from 10.00 am until 11.00. Players should come along kitted out ready to play with shin guards and trainers essential (not football boots).
The fun sessions are supervised by IFA accredited coaches and are open to all boys and girls of primary school age.
For more information visit www.tobermoreunitedfc.co.uk