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BRONX BATTLE: New York’s Robert Gorman shields the ball from James Carr of Mayo during their Connacht SFC clash in New York last May. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

BRONX BATTLE: New York’s Robert Gorman shields the ball from James Carr of Mayo during their Connacht SFC clash in New York last May. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

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BRONX BATTLE: New York’s Robert Gorman shields the ball from James Carr of Mayo during their Connacht SFC clash in New York last May. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

Connacht GAA officials remain hopeful that the senior championship game between New York and Galway, which has been postponed, will be played at a later date this summer.

The game, scheduled for Gaelic Park in the Bronx on May 3, was yesterday postponed because of the uncertainty created by the Covid 19 pandemic.

However, the opening game of this year's championship, the Connacht SFC quarter-final between London and Roscommon in Ruislip on May 2, still stands and will be monitored by GAA officials.

"No decision has been at this stage regarding the London game, but the logistics around that are much different," said a spokesperson for the Connacht Council.

"We just felt that a decision needed to be made early regarding the New York match. In the past few years several thousand supporters have travelled for this fixture and all the indications were that a big crowd were making the journey again this year.

"In the current environment that's just not feasible, given the uncertainty and the huge costs involved."

He said that travel restrictions between Ireland and the USA were also a big factor in the decision.

"At the moment, flights between Ireland and the USA are blocked and who knows when that situation is going to change? At least now, by making this decision, it removes some of the uncertainty for the teams and allows supporters to deal with the travel arrangements."

The spokesperson said that no decision can be taken on the other games in the Connacht, or other provincial, championships given the uncertainty around the pandemic.

"We have not postponed the game in London at this stage but it doesn't have the same urgency or logistical difficulties of the match in New York.

"There have been weather disruptions to games with London over the years. They came over here for their games when Ruislip was being developed, while it's not impossible for a match to take place around a day-trip if necessary.

"We don't need to make a decision on that game just yet but, like everything else, it will be monitored and we will see where we are a bit further down the road. There is just so much uncertainty at the moment," he added.

A GAA statement released yesterday confirmed that "due to the current uncertainty created by the Covid-19 pandemic, the Connacht SFC meeting between New York and Galway, scheduled to take place in Gaelic Park, New York on May 3rd, has been postponed.

"The future for this fixture will be considered at a later date and in the context of the anticipated overall redrawing of the national fixtures calendar for 2020 as necessitated by the ongoing disruption to the GAA games programme."