Bans of up to 12 months handed out for Parnell Park row

The Irish Examiner understands a minimum of six bans have been issued to players
Bans of up to 12 months handed out for Parnell Park row

Players, mentors and supporters were involved in fighting in the Naomh Barróg v Oulart-the-Ballagh game  

A series of proposed suspensions have been handed out arising from the brawl that marred last Saturday week’s Leinster Club intermediate hurling quarter-final between Naomh Barróg and Oulart-the-Ballagh.

The Irish Examiner understands a minimum of seven bans have been issued to players, while it is believed at least one supporter/member has been recommended a significant penalty.

Wexford’s Oulart-the-Ballagh have received most of the suspensions with some players’ bans extending to 12 months. It is expected they will contest a number of the punishments to the province’s hearings committee.

Violence broke out on the sideline in the second half of normal time in the club’s clash with Naomh Barróg in Parnell Park, which transferred into the stand where punches were thrown and a hurley was wielded.

Declan Buggy and Tommy Storey, who were issued red cards by referee Shane Guinan, are among those Oulart-the-Ballagh players who have been sanctioned. Both players had started the game and were replaced by the time the row occurred.

Naomh Barróg won the game after extra-time and penalties and are due to face Bray Emmets in a provincial IHC semi-final in Aughrim on Saturday.

Leinster’s competition control committee, headed by provincial chairman Pat Teehan, sent correspondence to the clubs laying out the charges earlier this week. An investigation was commenced following receipt of Offaly match official Guinan’s report.

Meanwhile, Tipperary senior manager Liam Cahill has confirmed former Waterford star and selector Tony Browne will be part of his management team next season as coaching support/performance analysis. Angelo White of Borris-Ileigh, previously with the county’s minors, joins Tommy Ryan as a strength and conditioning coach.

U20 manager Brendan Cummins has replaced Martin Maher, who has switched to the Offaly seniors, with former Tipperary defender Tom Costello. All-Ireland winning minor manager James Woodlock introduces Willie Ryan as selector/goalkeeping coach with Diarmuid Carr taking over from Walsh as S&C coach. Woodlock has also been given a one-year extension to his three-year term.

Meanwhile, 16 of 30 sliotar suppliers who have made expressions of interest to become licensed by the GAA are now compliant with the updated specifications.

Initially, 22 of the 30 had failed, 11 of them on the basis that sliotars were too lively. The same number had also been rejected for the height of their rims being too low, two were too light in weight and another couple were too small in diameter.

Since those initial tests, 100 suppliers resubmitted sliotars for testing and eight of them passed with the other two falling down on weight/mass, one being too heavy and the other being lighter than permitted.

The smart sliotar, which is currently only being produced by two companies O’Neills and Greenfields, will be the only ball permitted to be used in next year’s All-Ireland senior hurling championship after a successful trial in this past season’s U20 championship.

Yellow sliotars will be used at all inter-county levels in 2023 before they are the regulation colour at all levels in the GAA from the start of 2024.

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