Kerry-CIT clash switched to Tralee

THE WATERFORD Crystal Cup hurling clash between Kerry and Cork IT, scheduled to be played at the Fitzgerald Stadium tomorrow, has had to be transferred to Tralee because of extensive water damage to the two main dressing rooms at the Killarney venue.

The stadium will be closed for the next two months because of the damage done to the dressing rooms caused by burst water pipes on either Christmas Day or St Stephens Day.

Insurer’s assessors visited Killarney this week and stadium sources estimate that the figure to repair the damage could be as high as €100,000. The state of the art dressing rooms, first aid room and referees room were built and officially opened in 2009 as part of a €4.8m redevelopment at the venue.

Two ceilings in the main dressing rooms collapsed under the weight of the water and the toilets were also extensively damaged as were the floors.

The damage was discovered on December 27 after alarms went off at the grounds, alerting the fire service and council officials.

Stadium chairman Der Brosnan is hopeful the Stadium will be open for Kerry’s National Football League clash with Galway due to be played on March 13.

Meanwhile, Kingdom hurling boss John Meyler has set out his stall for 2011 by axing six players from his panel in advance of their opening competitive match of the New Year.

Aidan Healy, James McCarthy, John Mike Dooley, Eoin Sheehy, Sean Young and Sean Maunsell have all been deemed surplus to requirements as the Wexford native prepares for tomorrow’s Waterford Crystal Cup tie against Cork IT at Tralee.

And in place of the discarded players, Meyler has decided to give a chance to players such as Darren Wallace, Darren Dinneen, Padraig O’Grady and Aidan Boyle.

All of the newcomers are likely to be given an opportunity to prove their worth in the clash against the Cork institution where former Wexford boss Meyler has been lecturing for the last 19 years.

“It would be nice to get a few matches in the Waterford Crystal,” said Meyler, whose charges were promoted to Division Two of the NFL competition after winning all their six matches in Division Three A last year.

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