New controversy hits Carrick Davins
Published 24/04/2010 | 05:00
More trouble is brewing for the Carrick Davins club in Tipperary, who are already at the centre of the controversy over the attack on former All-Ireland final referee Willie Barrett last weekend.
The Davins club from Carrick on Suir are facing an investigation after a complaint was lodged to the Tipperary South Bord na nOg following incidents in an U-16 football match last week.
The alleged incidents took place just two days before the assault on Barrett in which the official was struck on the back with a hurl by a spectator.
An investigation into that attack on Barrett has led to a €1,500 fine for the Davins club with an order to replay the South SHC match against Ballingarry, which was abandoned following the assault.
Now there is more trouble on the horizon for Davins, with Grangemockler/Ballyneale up in arms over the treatment meted out to their players by supporters after the game.
They have issued a hard-hitting statement, calling on the South Tipperary Bord na nOg to investigate alleged assaults by spectators on some of their players after the match had ended. They are refusing to play at the Davins ground in Carrick in future and will not play them in any match at any grade until they are satisfied with the results of any probe.
The incidents caused "physical injury and deep emotional trauma for many" according to the amalgamation, who have also called for three officials to be on duty for any future match with Davins.
The incident which triggered the trouble happened 10 minutes before the end of the match on Thursday night of last week, when a collision between rival players resulted in a Grangemockler player requiring six stitches. Several flashpoints broke out while he was being attended to by medical personnel but the match still finished.
However, the same player was allegedly assaulted as he left the dressing-room some time after the match by a spectator, sparking a melee in the area.
Local witnesses claim that the violence lasted for over 10 minutes.
Grangemockler/Ballyneale have since met "on foot of the unsavoury and dangerous experiences" and issued the following statement:
"Grangemockler/Ballyneale Juvenile GAA, for health, safety and child-welfare reasons, will no longer play any under-age fixture in the Davin Park.
"We are requesting that any further games with Carrick Davins will be officiated at by a team of at least three officials, as is the case in the senior board.
"We will not be in a position to play Carrick Davins in the final of this competition until a resolution is found and remedial action taken by Bord na nOg.
"These decisions were made as a result of the behaviour of the Davin supporters during the game, and the assault on our players and supporters after the game, which resulted in physical injury and deep emotional trauma for many.
"As a club we are happy to meet with the Bord to assist in the investigation that will obviously have to follow and name those who we feel have a case to answer."
South Tipperary Bord na nOg chairman Liam Bolger confirmed that they had received the letter.
"We have received correspondence on this matter and there will be a meeting held next week on the issue," he said.
Meanwhile, the former Meath player Graham Geraghty has been drafted in by Longford manager Glenn Ryan to work with the midlanders' forwards ahead of their Leinster championship campaign.
And in Westmeath, Pat Flanagan has named Paul Conway and David Mitchell as his selectors after filling the vacancy left by Brendan Hackett's departure.
Conway and Flanagan have both worked with Tomas O Flaharta in the past while Mitchell was the team's full-back during Luke Dempsey's reign.
Flanagan is keen on taking the job on a long-term basis and hopes to persuade Dessie Dolan, Denis Glennon and John Keane back to the fold.