Monday 24 July 2017

Clonmel fury over Tipp call to fix minor final

Jack Kennedy, a member of the Tipp minor football team that reached the All-Ireland final, is a key hurler for St Mary’s, who are scheduled to play Kildangan on Saturday
Jack Kennedy, a member of the Tipp minor football team that reached the All-Ireland final, is a key hurler for St Mary’s, who are scheduled to play Kildangan on Saturday

Jackie Cahill

Clonmel Commercials are furious after a Tipperary county minor 'A' hurling final involving two of their players was fixed for Saturday - a day before they face St Joseph's Milltown-Malbay in the semi-final of the Munster club championship.

Jack Kennedy and Ross Peters, members of the Tipp minor football team that reached the All-Ireland final, are key hurlers for St Mary's, who are scheduled to play Kildangan on Saturday.

Commercials have applied to the Tipperary CCC for a postponement of the hurling clash as Kennedy and Peters are vital to the Commercials cause.

A similar situation arose before the Tipperary SFC final when players from finalists Commercials and Moyle Rovers were scheduled to play minor 'A' hurling fixtures the previous day.

The Moyle Rovers game was postponed but the St Mary's game went ahead and Kennedy was taken off early in the second half of the senior football showpiece after producing a below-par performance by his standards.

Kennedy, son of former Tipperary All-Ireland SHC medallist John, is chasing four county titles in various grades at the present time - but Commercials boss Charlie McGeever believes that his attempts to create history are being hampered.

Kennedy could finish the season as county senior, U-21 and minor football medallist, with the senior and U-21 crowns already annexed.

He's also chasing minor 'A' hurling glory with St Mary but McGeever, Tipp's minor football boss this year, has described the fixtures glut as "overkill, ridiculous and unacceptable."

Irish Independent

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