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Eadestown gesture saves day in Kildare

A GAA club in Kildare have been hailed for a sporting gesture that has prevented a potentially lengthy and costly administrative hold-up.

Eadestown have stepped into a dispute between the Kildare board and Monasterevin that threatened to stall the county's intermediate championship indefinitely.

They have offered Monasterevin a play-off for the final quarter-final place in the competition, despite finishing above them in the official league tables in eighth, securing the remaining place in the last eight on points difference.

Monasterevin had disputed the table, believing a refereeing error had cost them their place. They believe referee Des Coyle had got the scoreline of their win over Castledermott on August 13 wrong, with the correct score leaving them above Eadestown on points scored.

Monasterevin claimed that they informed the board of the mistake on the Monday after the game and that league tables sent out that week reflected what they believed to be the correct score of the game.

But the table reverted back to the original result in the referee's report and that eventually saw Monasterevin edged out.

With the dispute threatening to become messy and disrupt the championship schedule, Eadestown have stepped in and offered a solution by proposing the two teams play off for the quarter-final spot.

"We're delighted," Monasterevin chairman John Forde said. "I'd like to acknowledge a wonderful sporting gesture. Eadestown did nothing wrong, we didn't approach them looking for this solution, they took the initiative themselves.

"It wasn't a situation of our making. Eadestown's intervention has brought justice, without which we could have had to go to the Disputes Resolution Authority, which would have been expensive for everyone involved."

The Kildare Competitions Control Committee (CCC) acknowledged the gesture from Eadestown. The play-off will take place on October 2 at Raheens (2.0).

Fitzpatrick pledges future to Kilkenny

James 'Cha' Fitzpatrick has denied speculation that he intends leaving the Kilkenny hurling scene and throwing in his lot with a Dublin club, or even the county.

For weeks now, speculation has been rife in Kilkenny that the 2006 Young Hurler of the Year was about to break his links with Ballyhale Shamrocks and the Cats.

But the 26-year-old insisted yesterday: "I have no intention of transferring anywhere. I wouldn't leave Kilkenny or the Shamrocks, who are one of the best clubs in the country, with a great record."

Fitzpatrick -- a teacher based in Dublin -- was in blinding form when Shamrocks won a fifth local league crown in six years last weekend, and he will be travelling with his county colleagues when they head off on holidays to Cancun, Mexico, in the New Year.

Irish Independent