NORTH TIPPERARY club Lorrha/Dorrha are refusing to fulfil Sunday’s Seamus O’Riain Cup semi-final due to the unavailability of key players and the inability of opponents Kildangan to accommodate their request to change the timing of the game.
The match has been fixed for Nenagh at 2pm and is of critical importance as the winners will gain re-entry into the Tipperary Co SHC at the last 16 stage.
“It’s a very frustrating situation for us”, revealed Lorrha/Dorrha selector Colm Kennedy. “We have outlined for the last three months that three of our key players will be unavailable for this date due to a family wedding in Spain on Saturday evening. Those three players are Tipperary senior Patrick Maher, Tipperary U21 Kevin Maher, and Kevin’s brother Willie.
“The three players were not due home until Tuesday, but we rearranged flights so that they get into Dublin at 2pm on Sunday. All we’re looking for is the match be changed to later that evening so the lads can play. We’ve been in contact on numerous occasions with county board officials and fixture committee members but they say they’re unable to facilitate us because Kildangan won’t agree.
“Kildangan claim they have a player who has to fly back to London on Sunday evening from Dublin. But we discovered there is a flight from Shannon to London at 9pm and we’re offering to pay the expense incurred.
“Still they will not agree. We’ve even offered to move the match to Kildangan’s own pitch in Puckane, under lights next Monday or Tuesday night. But they won’t agree to it. As a result we will not be fulfilling the fixture because we are missing three leading players and we feel fielding a weakened team won’t justify all the effort and training we’ve put in all year.
“The only way that can change is if Kildangan agree to our requests to change the game. We’d be appealing to the Tipperary county board for more involvement in helping to resolve this situation.”
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