Time to look at playing football in the summer?

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THE wintery conditions caused havoc to the local football schedule leaving Tobermore once again with no game and the repercussions of the postponements will be felt for weeks to come as postponed cup games take priority over league games.

This situation is adding momentum to the call for the IFA to at least discuss the possibility of changing the season to warmer months.

A Tobermore spokesman said: “Last week there were five other teams in Championship 2 that had no game and because of league rules Tobermore wasn’t allowed to make arrangements to play any of them.

“Some clubs have been without a home game for weeks due to the weather starving them of vital income to help keep their heads above water.

“Every divisional cup final was postponed on the day it was due to be played over the festive period again depriving the associations and clubs of revenue.

“It would appear that there is a trend for our winters to now be much colder which not only causes games to be postponed it also interrupts training schedules which is a nightmare for coaches and players.

It’s time to look at the possibility of playing football in the warmer months when at least the grass is growing and there is hours of daylight to train and play in the evenings with no need for expensive floodlights etc and it’s a no brainer to realize that more people will come out to watch a game if the weather is a little kinder.”

This Saturday there are only two Championship 2 games on and, fortunately, Tobermore will be playing a home game against Armagh City with boss Johnny Law hoping that his troops can pick up where they left off last time out when they won 3-0 at Moyola.

Tobermore fixtures

Sat Jan 15th V Armagh City (home) Ladbrooks.com Championship 2 (2.00 ko)

Sat Jan 22nd V Wakehurst (home) Ladbrooks.com Championship 2 (2.00 ko)

Sat Jan 29th V PSNI (away) Ladbrooks.com Championship 2 (2.00 ko)

Mini Soccer Centre

Tobermore United’s popular Mini Soccer Centre continues this Saturday morning in Maghera Recreation Centre, from

10.00 am until 11.00, and 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.

Tobermore United Reserves

Tobermore Reserves travel to Chimney Corner Reserves this Saturday for a 2.00 kick off.

Fund Raiser

Tobermore United are holding a fund raising “Night at the Races” in the Diamond Bar Tobermore this Saturday, January 15, with the first race due to start at 6pm.

Come along for a good evening’s craic