Kerry clubs played ineligible players

A small portion of Kerry clubs fielded ineligible players during the past year as the parish rule continues to be ignored in the Kingdom.

Chairman of the parish rule and player registration committee Joe Crowley told delegates at Wednesday evening’s Kerry GAA convention clubs have contravened county bye-laws by registering players who do not qualify to line out for that particular club.

“Some clubs continue to knowingly register players incorrectly and believe the bad practices existing for years should continue,” Crowley’s committee reported.

The Association’s rulebook states a player is “considered to owe allegiance and loyalty to his home club”, but Crowley’s committee feel clubs are turning a blind eye to incorrect registrations.

“One of the challenges we face is parents who have close family links with clubs outside the parish they reside want their children to play with those clubs,” said Crowley.

“This is going to become more and more of a problem within the county as the economy changes. It is just a fact of life within the county development plan. At the moment, it is impossible to buy building sites in some of our towns. Families cannot afford to build in towns, they have to move to surrounding areas and that is where problems will arise. These parents feel that they have a strong attachment with their original club, but now reside outside the parish or catchment area of that club, so are they to be are accommodated.”

The parish rule and player registration committee recommended the establishment of a club forum to study the bye-laws applicable in other counties to see whether Kerry could benefit from a different rule governing player eligibility.

Meanwhile the cost of success for Tipperary GAA in 2016 has been revealed at over €1m. County board chiefs will reveal their annual financial accounts at this evening’s convention in Thurles but it is understood spending on the Premier County’s various inter-county teams has exceeded €1m for a second successive year.

In 2015, county team administration expenses totalled €1,045,916, a jump of €179,511 from 2014 figures. Last year also marked the first time since 2012 spending on Tipperary’s inter-county teams crashed through the €1m barrier.

The 2015 figure looks set to be topped, which is understandable given the success achieved by the Premier County this year.


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