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Thursday 14 December 2017

Chriost Ri likely to launch test case over black card

Stephen Cronin, Coláiste Chríost Rí
Stephen Cronin, Coláiste Chríost Rí
Cliona Foley

Cliona Foley

NO appeal was lodged by close of business yesterday in the first major 'black card' controversy of the year but it could yet happen.

Cork school Colaiste Chriost Ri have made enquiries about the procedure for lodging an appeal and have until 12.30 today to do so.

They were furious when a referee allowed the captain of Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne to be replaced in a Munster Colleges SFC 'A' quarter-final this week, even though he'd already received a yellow card.

A yellow followed by a black equates to a red card but the referee made the sort of blunder that sceptics of the black card system have feared and allowed him to be replaced.

Chriost Ri were beaten 0-12 to 1-6 but no date for the semi-final game has been fixed yet because schools officials are expecting an appeal.

Elsewhere counties have received a stark warning that they will feel it in their pockets if they do not adhere to a new clampdown on sticking to their club fixture schedules.

Munster chairman Robert Frost has revealed that Croke Park's new 'get tough' policy on adhering to agreed club schedules will see the provincial bodies monitoring counties on a monthly basis this summer.

The official punishment is the "loss of championship expenses and/or grants, or disqualification from the inter-county championship concerned" and Frost warned delegates to Munster convention last night that they are prepared to apply them.

He said he was open to the debate that the FRC had created by their suggestion to restructure championships and said he favoured moving one of the minor championships until after the Leaving Cert rather than adjusting the grade to U-17.

Eight teenage footballers who impressed in recent Aussie Rules trials have been selected for this year's European Legion team who will train for a week and play a young Aussie side in a showcase in London in April.

Tipperary dual star Colin O'Riordan, Tyrone's Conor McKenna, Kildare's Luke Flynn, Mayo's Stephen Coen, Galway's Peter Cooke and Armagh's Ciaran O'Hanlon have been selected as well as Kerry's Padraig Lucey and Kildare's Paddy Brophy, who both also featured in the team last year.

Dublin hurlers remain experimental for their Walsh Cup semi-final against Wexford in Gorey, with Mark Schutte at full-forward and Martin Quilty forming a new midfield pairing with Shane Durkin.

DUBLIN (SH v Wexford) – G Maguire; S Timlin, P Kelly, J Doughan; J Boland, C McCormack, M McCaffrey; M Quilty, S Durkin; C Keaney, R O'Dwyer, R Mahon; E Dillon, M Schutte, P Ryan.

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