Club furious that hurling final has been fixed for weekend
A HUGE question mark now hangs over the county Senior hurling championship final and whether it will go ahead on Sunday next at Aughrim.
Wicklow’s Competitions Controls Committee met on Monday and reaffirmed that the final will go ahead on Sunday as planned but on Tuesday Glenealy said that they will not be turning up.
Glenealy, the defending champions who are seeking to put together back-to-back Senior titles, want the final deferred until Leighton Glynn returns home from his participation in the compromise rules series in Australia.
The Committee’s decision was taken against the backdrop of Leighton Glynn not returning home until around November 7 and the championship winners having to play in the Leinster Club competition on November 9, leaving no other dates available to play the county final.
Carnew, the other finalists, also had a request before the CCC meeting on Monday seeking to have the county final played this coming weekend. Their champion Intermediate footballers, who embrace most of their hurlers, are due to play in the Leinster Club on November 2.
Glenealy’s team manager Mick Neary was incensed by the Fixtures Body’s decision to schedule the county hurling final for next Sunday while one of their top players is in Australia.
‘It is totally unfair to fix final while Leighton Glynn is in Australia representing and playing for his country’ he thundered. ‘Can you imagine that happening to any other club in the country - that they would be asked to play a county final without one of their star players?’
‘Leighton Glynn is a full- time ambassador for the G.A.A. in Wicklow but what kind of message is the G.A.A. sending out when he will not be able to play in his own county final. Glenealy will not be turning up on Sunday’.
Sources in Glenealy said that the club members and players are furious over the way there are being asked to play the final without Glynn.
Angering the club is the fact that three weeks were allowed between the semi-final and final of the Senior football, and the hurling semi-final was pulled to allow the replay of the football final to take place.
If the semi-final of the hurling had been played when it was fixed originally, the hurling final could have been played last Sunday and Leighton Glynn would have been able to play then.
They also point out that the games were not played in their sequence in the group phase and also one of the group games was not played.