The secretary of Watergrasshill Hurling Club has said that they are “absolutely livid” with the decision of the Cork County Board to move their U21BHC final from Friday to the Bank Holiday Monday.
As a result of Sunday’s Cork SFC final draw between Castlehaven and Nemo Rangers, a number of fixtures have been changed to accommodate Sunday’s replay, which starts at 3.30pm. The JAFC decider between Bandon and Uibh Laoire was originally slated for Saturday night as a double-header with the IFC final but that junior game will now be the curtain-raiser for the senior replay. The JAHC and IHC finals move from Sunday afternoon to Saturday night as a result, while Mayfield and Fermoy’s IFC final was initially moved to Sunday, October 31 but has now been re-scheduled to 2.30pm on Saturday.
On top of this, the U21A final, between Blackrock and Duhallow, and the B decider, between Watergrasshill and Kilworth, have been moved from Friday night to Monday afternoon. Jimmy O’Callaghan, Watergrasshill’s secretary, has revealed the club’s dissatisfaction with such a move.
“We’re absolutely livid. We received official notification first that the game would be last Saturday, October 17, but then when Blackrock beat Fr O’Neills in the A semi-final the thing was changed. Friday evening of the jazz weekend was bad enough, we were told 6.15pm first and then 6.30pm, but it’s not ideal for teams travelling from Kilworth and Watergrasshill.
“If you look at the signs advertising the game around Watergrasshill, they say October 23 but they’ve already been changed once. We’re very unhappy with the way we’ve been treated by the board and I’ve already had two people say they won’t enter the Cork GAA Clubs’ Draw. We’re only a small club, we don’t get to too many finals and we had made a lot of arrangements for last Saturday and then next Friday. The pitch next Monday will be ruined after three football games. We’ve said that we’d play in Fermoy but we’ve heard nothing back.” The IFC finalists, Fermoy and Mayfield, had also been unhappy with the switching of their game but Fermoy selector Paul Donnellan is happy that it will now take place on Saturday.
“It’s definitely less of a hassle,” he said. “Both clubs were put out with the way it happened on Sunday without any consultation. We have lads working in England and there were ex-pats coming back from the game too, so to just postpone for a week like that would have been unfair. Ourselves and Mayfield were in contact and an alternative proposal was put to the board, we’re grateful that they have decided to bring it forward again.”
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