"The country needs a championship"

October 16, 2020

Pat Spillane during the 2018 Sunday Game Championship Draw

Kerry great Pat Spillane feels the country needs sport in order to escape from the current “the doom and gloom” brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic.

This weekend sees the long-awaited resumption of the 2020 inter-county season with the sixth round of the Allianz Football League, All-Ireland U20FC semi-finals and provincial minors hurling and football championship clashes.

The All-Ireland SFC is set to throw-in on October 31st and Spillane says he “really can’t wait” for the games to commence.

"I think we need a championship, the country needs a championship, the country needs sport and the championship over the next 10 weeks is he escape we need to get away from the doom and gloom," the eight-time All-Ireland winner is quoted saying by GAA.ie.

"It will be, as someone has said, a symbol we are trying to fight back in some way against this deadly virus Covid-19 and I am looking forward to it, I really am.

"It is going to be very different, it is going to be the new normal between next weekend and the All-Ireland final there are 10 weekends. Eight of them are football weekends, two league and six championship it is going to be helter skelter, winner on the day.

"It opens up the championship, winner on the day is going to suit an underdog now and then, I am looking forward to it I really can’t wait."

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