Clonmel Commercials minor duo facing Tipperary final headache

Clonmel Commercials are furious after a Tipperary county minor A hurling final involving two of their players was fixed for Saturday — a day before they face St Joseph’s Milltown-Malbay in the AIB Munster senior club football semi-final.

Clonmel Commercials minor duo facing Tipperary final headache

Jack Kennedy and Ross Peters, members of the Tipperary minor football team that reached this year’s All-Ireland final, are key hurlers for St Mary’s, who are scheduled to play Kildangan on Saturday.

Commercials have applied to the Tipperary County Board for a postponement of the hurling clash as Kennedy and Peters are vital to the Commercials cause.

A similar situation arose before the county senior football final when players from finalists Commercials and Moyle Rovers were scheduled to play minor A hurling fixtures on the previous day.

The Moyle Rovers game was postponed but the St Mary’s game went ahead and Kennedy was taken off early in the second half of the senior football showpiece after producing a below-par performance by his standards.

Kennedy, son of former Tipperary All-Ireland SHC medallist John, is chasing four county titles in various grades — but Commercials boss Charlie McGeever believes that his attempts to create history are being hampered.

Kennedy could finish the season as county senior, U21 and minor football medallist, with the senior and U21 crowns already annexed.

He’s also chasing minor A hurling glory with St Mary but McGeever, Tipp’s minor football boss this year, has described the fixtures glut as “overkill, ridiculous and unacceptable”.

McGeever has attempted to manage Kennedy’s various commitments and decided to use him off the bench against Newcastle West in the recent Munster senior club football quarter-final.

Kennedy came on to play a key role as Commercials came from four points down to win by two in the closing minutes.

McGeever said: “One has to beg the question about player welfare and number two, mentally how does this affect a player of his age, where he’s being pulled and dragged and doesn’t know whether he’s playing on Saturday or Sunday or on both days? We’ve highlighted this to the county board already but they haven’t taken any heed.

“I would love to know the reasoning behind this. I don’t understand the rush to play this particular (hurling) match, the minor B competition is only at the semi-final stage.

“I have informed the club to look for a postponement,” McGeever confirmed.

“How often are Ross Peters and Jack Kennedy going to find themselves in a Munster semi-final, and have the opportunity to play in one?

“We, as a club, have aided the CCC all through the summer. We were caught in the middle of it with a run of matches with St Mary’s and Commercials having to play every week.

“We didn’t complain, we understood they needed to get a point and we didn’t want to finish up like Waterford and Kerry, in a situation where Tipp didn’t have a representative again in the Munster club.

“So we were happy to put up with that. We had half a dozen players playing twice a week in serious championship matches and we understood why that happened but we can’t understand the logic here.

“It’s up to others to decide whether I’m paranoid but anybody with any sense will see that this is overkill, ridiculous and unacceptable.”

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