Friday 18 January 2019

Dromid receive three-year ban

Dromid Pearses have been banned from representing Kerry in Munster or All-Ireland club competitions for the next three years.

It follows a Central Hearings Committee (CHC) ruling on their involvement in the much-publicised melee which marred the All-Ireland JFC club semi-final against Derrytresk in Portlaoise last month.

None of the three Dromid Pearses players sought a hearing, while the original €2,000 fine proposed by the Central Competition Controls Committee (CCCC) was reduced, on review, to €1,000 by the CHC.

Meanwhile, Cork are to challenge to proposed €5,000 fine handed down to them by CCCC for their players' involvement in an altercation with Armagh in the opening round of the Allianz Football League.

Connacht's Prenty lays down the law

The greatest threat to the GAA is failure by its own administrators to implement the rules, Connacht Council secretary John Prenty will warn in his annual address to next Thursday's convention in Galway.

Prenty highlights the training ban, the size of county panels and the acceptance of fixtures planners as areas where administrators consistently fall down on.

"On several occasions in the past I have highlighted an issue that, in my opinion, poses the greatest threat to our organisation, ie the inability or unwillingness of those that make the rules to implement them by attempting to circumvent them or ignore them," says Prenty.

Brigid's explain Lally green light

Dublin champions St Brigid's have released a statement outlining their position on Declan Lally's transfer to St Oliver Plunketts last week.

The transfer was approved after St Brigid's withdrew their objection to the move. Lally was not part of the St Brigid's team for the latter stages of the Dublin championship and the entire Leinster championship.

"St Brigid's is now of the opinion that it is in the best interests of both player and club that we allow the termination of Mr Lally's relationship with St Brigid's. In the context of this view, the objection to his application was thus withdrawn," the club said.

Boost for Monaghan as Freeman returns

Monaghan's fortunes have been boosted with news that Tommy Freeman has rejoined the panel after being absent from the inter-county scene last season. He had his first training session with the squad yesterday morning.

Freeman had a shortened season with his club Magheracloone last year too, as he spent three months in New York playing with Leitrim. He did return in time for the senior championship semi-final between Magheracloone and Scotstown back on September 23, but his side went out of the series in that match.

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