Club clash confusion could hit Kerry hurlers ahead of promotion tie

Uncertainty continues to surround the availability of goalkeeper James Logue to Kerry’s hurlers for this Saturday’s Division 1A promotion/relegation final.

Club clash confusion could hit Kerry hurlers ahead of promotion tie

Kerry will tonight name their team for the Parnell Park clash with Antrim (5.30pm throw-in), which clashes with Logue's opening Tipperary senior club championship game for Ballingarry against Boherlahan-Dualla (6.30pm) in Cashel.

Logue qualifies for Kerry under rule 6.9 of the GAA Official Guide ("special eligibility provisions for hurling"). The rule also states in the event of a clash of championship fixtures between club and adopted county, the player shall line out with his club.

As Kerry v Antrim is a league game, it may be determined that the rule doesn't apply. However, technically Logue may be expected to chose Ballingarry under the legal definition "expressio unius est exclusio alterius” (to express one thing is to exclude another).

The interpretation could be that as league is a lesser competition than championship, Logue would be compelled to play in the latter competition.

Along with Clare's 2013 All-Ireland winning panellist Patrick Kelly, Logue joined up with Kerry at the start of this season. Kerry are hoping to return to the second tier of the competition for the first time under the six-team divisional system. The last time they were in Division 2 was 2011 when it was an eight-county group.

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