Swans have been waiting to play an U16 South Tipperary hurling final against St Mary’s, Clonmel or Ballingarry, who were originally thrown out of the competition for violence but had the game re-fixed following a recommendation by the county’s hearing committee.
St Mary’s won that game last Saturday week but the final, which was supposed to go ahead last Saturday, was postponed as they were in front of a Munster hearings committee in Limerick last night having successfully contested the authority of the South Tipperary Bord na nÓg to fine and banish them from the competition.
Swans had been informed they would be nominated by the South Tipperary Bord na nÓg to go forward as their representatives in the county championship before the hearings committee rejected the juvenile division’s proposed punishment. In an open letter to club members, a fuming Swans PRO Colm O’Sullivan wrote: “In our Juvenile Centre, at the launch of our Strategic Vision & Action Plan 2013-2018 earlier this year, Tipperary chairman, Sean Nugent spoke about Carrick Swan’s commitment to promoting our National games in Carrick On Suir through the years.
In fact, he also mentions this on page 3 of the plan document, in his County Board Chairman’s Address. The question I’d love Sean to answer is how does he expect our great club to promote our National games when his organisation keeps putting hurdles in our way? We all love to talk about how great the GAA is, however when you’ve to deal with sagas and situations like the current one that our U16s find themselves in, through no fault of our own, it’s difficult to hold the organisation in such high regard.”
On Monday, the South Tipperary Bord na nÓg apologised for the inconvenience caused to the Carrick Swans, St Mary’s and Ballingarry players.