GLEN ROVERS and Bride Rovers were last night reinstated to the Cork SHC in a massive climbdown by the Cork County Board.
The move comes just eight days after the board’s hearings committee had kicked both clubs out of the championship, following the mass brawl in their second round clash in Páirc Uí Chaoimh last month.
Both clubs made representations to the hearings committee this week, revealing that they were not set to appeal the decision to the Munster Council and implored them to reconsider their verdict.
In an official statement released last night, the hearings committee revealed that they had reinstated the two clubs to competitive action as a result of the clubs’ representations, the apologies both had made to the county board and the GAA public, and the undertakings given concerning future good behaviour.
The committee did opt to increase the fine imposed on each club to €10,000, but both clubs achieved the major prize of being back in action with Bride Rovers set for a third round meeting with Blarney, and Glen Rovers progressing to a fourth round clash against St Finbarr’s.
Glen Rovers club officer Finbarr McCarthy last night stated: “We’re delighted to be back in the championship, and now we’re just concentrating on our next-round tie against St Finbarr’s.”
Meanwhile, John Tennyson has emerged as a serious injury concern ahead of Kilkenny’s All-Ireland SHC semi-final against Cork, tomorrow week. Tennyson, who severed the cruciate ligament in his left knee in 2007, limped out of Kilkenny’s training session last Wednesday evening with damage to the same joint.
There are some fears that the Carrickshock clubman has damaged the cruciate ligament again, and the injury will be properly assessed once swelling around the area has subsided.
Since the towering centre-back sustained the injury, he has received cryotherapy treatment in an attempt to reduce swelling.
Cats selector Martin Fogarty said: “John’s had the knee problem before so it’s an extra worry. He went off in the last few minutes of training. I haven’t heard anything official yet – we have to wait until the swelling goes down before making a diagnosis. Nobody fell on him or anything like that. We’ll just have to wait and see.
“We’re all hoping that it’s nothing major, and it’s particularly hard on a lad that’s come through a serious injury before.”
Tennyson replaced the injured Brian Hogan after 28 minutes against Galway in the Leinster final and had been tipped to hold onto the centre back position, ahead of Hogan, for the Cork clash.
Tennyson is not Kilkenny’s only injury worry as the Leinster and All-Ireland champions prepare to renew acquaintances with the Rebels. Richie Hogan (ankle ligaments) and Michael Rice (broken hand) are “fighting the clock,” according to Fogarty.
Elsewhere, the Derry County Board last night announced that Damian Cassidy has stepped down from his position as county senior football boss.
Cassidy has opted not to complete the final year of his three-year term after a hugely disappointing 2010 campaign.
The Oak Leaf side exited the All-Ireland championship at the qualifier round 4 stage two weeks with a comprehensive 11-point defeat against Kildare in Celtic Park, after earlier this season being relegated from Division 1 of the NFL and losing out in the opening round of the Ulster championship against Armagh back in May.
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