Club fu­ri­ous that hurl­ing fi­nal has been fixed for week­end

Bray People - - Sport - Mark KENNEDY

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.

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