Tipperary GAA chiefs have once again been left red-faced by the Munster Council after provincial top brass overruled a decision to relegate Borrisokane from the county senior hurling championship.
Tipperary officials sent Borrisokane down to the intermediate ranks after the north club indicated they could not fulfil the relegation final against Ballybacon-Grange on February 25. But Borrisokane successfully appealed to the Munster Council and the Tipperary County Board CCC has been advised to refix the game.
This development is the latest twist in the long-running Tipperary SHC relegation saga which dates back to last September. And it is the second time the council has ruled against Tipperary county board. Cashel King Cormacs lost to Ballybacon-Grange in a relegation semi-final last September but took a successful case to the Munster Council, arguing that extra-time should not have been played.
Cashel won the refixture, which was played in early February, to leave Ballybacon facing a winner-takes-all clash with Borrisokane, a match that has yet to be played.
The draw for this year’s North Sdespite and Borrisokane have been paired with holders Toomevara in the first round, a fixture pencilled in for the weekend of April 8.
Last November, former Tipperary county board chairman Barry O’Brien accused the Munster Council of “moral cowardice” following the Cashel decision, while the two bodies also clashed before Christmas over the issue of funding for the Dr Morris Park development in Thurles.
Borrisokane, meanwhile, are pleased with the latest Munster Council verdict as club secretary Adrian Egan confirmed. “Absolutely delighted — we did nothing wrong over five months, the innocent party all along.
“We were above board with everyone and explained why we were not in a position to fulfil fixtures. To be relegated in a boardroom? You wouldn’t see it any other county but this result has restored my faith in the GAA.”
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