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Weekend sport hit by big freeze

Cliftonville groundsman John Rogan (right) and referee Keith Halliday at a frozen Solitude
Cliftonville groundsman John Rogan (right) and referee Keith Halliday at a frozen Solitude in north Belfast

All rugby and hockey fixtures scheduled for the weekend in Northern Ireland have been postponed because of the recent freezing weather.

The opening McKenna Cup games in GAA have also been called off.

All Carling Premiership games have been called off, including the Crusaders against Ballymena fixture scheduled for the artificial Seaview surface.

Premiership clubs have lost an estimated £500,000 in revenue as a result of postponements.

The other top-flight matches to fall victim to the weather were Dungannon Swifts v Coleraine, Linfield v Glenavon, Lisburn Distillery v Newry City and Portadown v Institute.

They have been re-arranged for Tuesday, 23 March.

The Premiership season is now 25 games behind schedule.

Saturday's rugby matches included the second round of the Ulster Schools' Cup and a full programme of AIB All-Ireland League fixtures.

Premier League and Irish Junior Cup games are among the hockey victims.

Ulster's Magners League encounter against the Ospreys at Ravenhill, planned for Friday night, had already been called off.



see also
Ulster v Ospreys called off
06 Jan 10 |  Ulster
Two more matches are called off
05 Jan 10 |  Irish


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