O’Sul­li­van up­set over Avon­dale’s walkover to St Pa­trick’s

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AVON­DALE hurl­ing boss Em­met O’Sul­li­van has ex­pressed his dis­ap­point­ment and em­bar­rass­ment at his side’s fail­ure to field for their Dacia Cars Se­nior Hurl­ing Cham­pi­onship clash with St Pa­trick’s in Joule Park, Aughrim, last Satur­day af­ter­noon.

There’s no deny­ing the fact that 2017 has been a tough year for Avon­dale’s flag­ship hurl­ing out­fit and O’Sul­li­van says an in­jury to tal­is­man Ea­monn Kearns was a blow that was hard to take for some of his charges.

“We had a cou­ple of sus­pen­sions and a cou­ple of in­juries but at the end of the day it was em­bar­rass­ing from my point of view and from the club’s point of view,” said the Carnew na­tive.

It’s been a dif­fi­cult year for the lads and with Ea­monn (Kearns) in­jured it makes it harder. He’s a tal­is­man. Some lads don’t see the point when he’s not there,” he said.

A to­tal of 13 play­ers turned up for the Se­nior cham­pi­onship clash with Michael Neary’s St Pat’s side and with not enough play­ers to con­test a game it was left for ref­eree Mat­tie Dowling to throw the ball in to start the game with 15 St Pat’s play­ers lined out and for Andy O’Brien to trot up the field and fire home a goal to make the walkover of­fi­cial.

Em­met O’Sul­li­van says he had over 20 names on a list for the game on Fri­day night and if he had known at that time how many were go­ing to turn up on the day he would have made a phonecall to avoid the wasted jour­ney and the em­bar­rass­ment.

When asked if the Wick­low GAA County Board should look at help­ing out clubs fac­ing dif­fi­cul­ties in the county, O’Sul­li­van had a re­fresh­ingly hon­est re­ply.

“Help is a lad an­swer­ing the phone or turn­ing up when you say you’re go­ing to turn up.

“Help is help­ing your­self. The County Board in Wick­low can’t be blamed be­cause lads didn’t turn up for a game on Satur­day,” he said.

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