Galway board meeting deferred

GALWAY hurling chiefs last night opted to defer a board meeting which had been scheduled to announce who they were proposing as the county’s next senior hurling boss.

The meeting, which had been fixed to take place in the Raheen Woods Hotel in Athenry, was postponed as officials sought more time to deliberate over the three candidates in the frame — this year’s All-Ireland U21 winning manager Anthony Cunningham, Clarinbridge boss Michael Donoghue and Portumna coach Johnny Kelly.

The seven-man committee primed with the task of filling the vacancy created by the departure of John McIntyre conducted interviews last Tuesday and hurling board chairman Joe Byrne is hopeful they will arrive at a decision in the coming days.

“The most important thing with this appointment is to get it right,” he said.

“We’re just being very thorough when it comes to selecting the next senior manager. Last Thursday night we called a meeting of delegates which was to take place last night but it was felt that as of yesterday at 12pm, we were not in a position to propose a candidate to delegates.

“We need to get this right and make sure we’ve dotted all the I’s and crossed all the T’s. In that sense it was right to delay the decision.

“We may be able to call the meeting for next Monday night or indeed sooner but it doesn’t really matter how long it takes, just as long as we get it right.

“One of our candidates is in Australia as well with his club Clarinbridge and to be fair to him, we had to factor that into the equation as well.”

Meanwhile the Galway senior hurling semi-final between Clarinbridge and Craughwell which was abandoned at half-time in Kenny Park in Athenry last Sunday afternoon due to atrocious weather conditions, is likely to be refixed for next Saturday.

The match was called to a halt as the All-Ireland Club champions Clarinbridge led 0-5 to 0-2 but the teams will now have to meet again in an effort to discover who will face Gort in this year’s county senior hurling final.

It is still envisaged that the decider will go ahead as scheduled on Sunday week, November 6.

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