Monday 26 September 2016

Wicklow clubs fined after brawls before the throw-ins in both senior hurling and football finals

John Fallon

Published 27/10/2015 | 02:30

11 October 2015; Fighting breaks out between Rathnew and St Patrick's players before the game. Renault Ireland Wicklow County Senior Football Championship Final, Rathnew v St Patrick's. County Grounds, Aughrim, Co. Wicklow. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE
11 October 2015; Fighting breaks out between Rathnew and St Patrick's players before the game. Renault Ireland Wicklow County Senior Football Championship Final, Rathnew v St Patrick's. County Grounds, Aughrim, Co. Wicklow. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE
In the football final the following week, the tension between champions Rathnew and challengers St Patrick’s boiled over at the end of the parade resulting in scuffles breaking out

Heavy fines were slapped on the four finalists in Wicklow's senior football and hurling championships for fighting with each other before the games even started.

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Bray Emmets and Carnew got stuck into each other as they lined up behind the Rathdrum pipe band for the pre-match parade, and the fighting flared again between the teams as the parade came to an end.

In the football final the following week, the tension between champions Rathnew and challengers St Patrick's boiled over at the end of the parade resulting in scuffles breaking out.

Rathnew and Carnew were fined €1000 each by Wicklow Competitions Control Committee, while €500 penalties were imposed on Bray Emmets and St Patrick's.

Carnew's Willy Collins received a two-match ban.

Rathnew and Bray Emmets won their first-round games in Leinster Club championship at the weekend.

Rathnew now have a home game against St Lomans of Westmeath in two weeks' time, while Bray Emmets will make it a double header at Aughrim when they take on Bennettsbridge in the second round of the Leinster intermediate hurling championship.

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