I think the issue Redhand Santa is not the access to county players but more the whole timing and notice period given to clubs over these fixtures. If they were agreed in advance I'd say there wouldn't be as big an outcry. Calling off a match while Dromore are travelling to the venue is disgraceful in my opinion. The whole fiasco with the fixtures on Tuesday then Thursday then Sunday is not fair on club players and their family/work life. Fixtures is obviously a national issue but in this particular case it's firmly at the door of the county board/Mickey Harte. You're right about leagues needing form dates put in place and games will just have to be played with or without county men. Now I know that's easy for me to say when my club has no county players.
Although I agree with someone earlier. The 2 Tyrone threads have turned into the hoganstand forum. 80% is pure tripe.
Can't argue with that, the training weekend has not been handled well. The Derry fixture has been known now for a long time with the only variable being the chance of Tyrone getting to the league final.
The county board should have told harte there was 6 fixtures being played with county players before the Derry game but allowed him some input to the scheduling. If he wanted a training weekend this could have been ageed with one set of derby games moved to midweek to free up a weekend or even the double games at Easter that they tried. They could also have agreed to play a Friday night round two weeks before the Derry game to free up a 2 week build up to it whilst at the same time giving club players the rest of that weekend of.
Once agreed these should have been communicated to the clubs (with consultation) and set in stone months ago. Bit more communication could definitely solve a lot of problems.