Creedon slams board’s ‘crazy’ fixtures crux

Tipperary senior football manager Peter Creedon has slammed his county board for a “crazy” fixtures pile-up that is putting huge pressure on the county’s U21 players.

Creedon highlighted the case of Clonmel Commercials pair Ian Fahey and Michael Quinlivan who were involved in a South U21 football semi-final against Moyle Rovers on Saturday that went to extra-time, before starting for Tipperary against Antrim in Sunday’s Allianz League Division 4 tie. The pair will be key figures for Tipp against Clare in this evening’s Cadbury Munster U21 semi-final in Milltown-Malbay before facing the potential prospect of two club games over the coming weekend as Commercials are pencilled in for a South final against Ballyporeen on Friday night, with a county semi-final against JK Brackens fixed for Sunday.

Speaking after the Antrim game, he fumed: “Not only had we to beat Antrim but we had to beat our own county board and officials for fixing matches with two of our key players having to play a game in extra-time at four o’clock Saturday afternoon.

“It’s pathetic. In an era where player welfare is crucial, asking young lads to tog out six times in ten days is not good enough. The reality is that we will have 16 weeks with no games during the middle of the summer.

Promotion is obviously really important to us, Quinlivan and Fahey are two important players for us but they were done and dusted after 35 minutes. It’s nothing short of abuse to be asking those players to play a club fixture yesterday when it could have been fixed for later in the year.”

Creedon also revealed Clonmel Commercials were fined for failing to fulfil an U21 fixture against Ballyporeen – on the same day Tipp were away to London in the NFL (March 2).

He revealed: “Commercials were asked to play a game on a Sunday in the championship when we were in London with two of their players. They (Commercials) obviously didn’t show up because two of their players were with us.

Running an intercounty team isn’t cheap and we never want for anything but that’s perplexing to say the least.”

Speaking to Tipp FM on Monday evening, Cork native Creedon’s anger had not subsided.

“It’s nothing short of ridiculous … there’s doing things right and doing the right things and I think a bit of leadership needs to be shown now by the senior officials in Tipperary GAA.

“I can appreciate the fact that there are a lot of club fixtures that need to be run but one of the big flaws in Tipperary is that you have five or six CCCs fixing matches when one should be able to do it.”

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