Ballysaggart seeking final replay

Ballysaggart are seeking a replay of their All-Ireland Club junior hurling final as they claim Creggan Kickhams fielded an illegal player.

The Waterford club lost Saturday’s replay but it has since come to their attention that forward Conor Small shouldn’t have played in either final game or in the Antrim club’s semi-final win over Fullen Gaels.

Small, who scored 1-3 in Mullingar last weekend, is 16 and didn’t feature for Kickhams in last season’s county and Ulster junior championships as he was too young.

However, having sought advice on the matter, Ballysaggart are convinced Small was also illegal to play this year and yesterday lodged an objection to the result to the Central Competitions Control Committee (CCCC).

According to rule 6.16, a player must be over 16 years to play an adult game. It also states to be “over” 16 the player’s 16th birthday must fall prior to January 1 of the championship year.

Under 16 is defined as a player celebrating their 16th birthday on January 1 of the championship year or on a later date.

Ballysaggart also have several under-age players in a similar situation to Small’s but elected not to field them.

However, after being informed by Kickhams after Saturday’s game that Small was only 16, Ballysaggart queried his involvement in the game.

With no objections to the result of matches permitted later than three days after the game, they sent their correspondence via the Waterford County Board to Croke Park yesterday.

Small also scored 1-0 in the drawn game in Croke Park last Saturday week as well as 1-1 in last month’s victory over Fullen Gaels.

Last month, Rathkeale team St Mary’s Sean Finns were thrown out of the Limerick U21 football championship after fielding an U16 player.

Drom-Broadford, their final opponents, had brought it to the attention of the county board.


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