Saturday 29 October 2016

'Nobody envisioned what would happen'- Kilkenny Chairman apologises to minor footballers after Wexford drubbing

Tom Rooney

Published 18/04/2016 | 15:20

Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE

The Kilkenny Chairman has apologised to the county’s minor footballers for the lack of development that led to their 71-point drubbing at the hands of Wexford on Saturday.

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Last weekend was by no means lacking in sporting fare, but the result of a Leinster Minor Football Championship game caught the eye as quick as anything else that transpired.

When news emerged that Wexford had whitewashed Kilkenny by 17-20 to 0-00, it was greeted by a mixture of mockery, derision and sympathy. Indeed, some were merely taken aback by the fact that Kilkenny have a minor football team.

For a county synonymous with hurling excellence, it’s rare when any side donning the black and amber aren’t the ones dishing out such a chastening defeat. 

However, for the youngsters involved, the resulting spotlight and humiliation is an unwelcome and undeserved consequence.

Ned Quinn, the county Chairman, was on local radio station KCLR FM today, and expressed both his sorrow and incredulousness.

“As chairman of the county board, I have overall responsibility for all of our county teams so I accept my responsibilities as regards our minor football team as I do with any other team,” he said.

“The second thing I would like to say, with the aid of hindsight, is to express very much regret that the young players who represented our county, and were more than willing to represent their county last Saturday, suffered the defeat that they did and I will apologise to them for what happened to them during the game on Saturday.”

Quinn insisted that the team had put in the adequate time and effort prior to the defeat, but admitted developing football in such a hurling stronghold has proved an onerous endeavour.

“In the lead up to the game, by our own standards, preparations had gone well. Nobody envisaged what was about to happen but it did happen on the day and I would apologise to everybody for that. I will say in the GAA in Kilkenny that over the years we've got a lot of things right.

“We have never been able to get football to where we’d like to get it to and we will have to deal with these issues starting tomorrow night, when we will have an executive meeting of the management committee of the county board,” Quinn said.

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