Thursday 22 March 2018

Kilmacud stars may miss Dubai trip

Jackie Cahill

KILMACUD Crokes manager Paddy Carr has backed calls for a postponement of the AIB Leinster club football and hurling finals until the New Year.

O'Loughlin Gaels boss Mick Nolan has already called for the hurling decider to be put back until the 2011 after it was cancelled for a second time.

And Carr would be in favour of the football final to be deferred too, as the club's Dublin players are now faced with the prospect of missing out on the county team's holiday to Dubai.

The Sky Blues are scheduled to jet off on Sunday evening and last night Crokes players, officials and management alike, were trying to find some resolution to the problem.

"The inter-county calendar is different and things are signalled well in advance. But it's different for the clubs and we would respectfully ask that the Leinster Council look at the situation. Obviously, if our hurling counterparts are of a similar mind, there's a lot to be said for listening to the interests of players," Carr said.

With the football final currently refixed for Sunday week, December 12, it seems that the Crokes players on the Dublin panel -- including Rory O'Carroll, Cian O'Sullivan and Niall Corkery -- would have to sacrifice the Dubai trip.

"They're looking at their options on that. We have to get some more information because it's something we didn't feel we needed to deal with until this decision. We have six or seven lads in there with Dublin," Carr said.

The latest postponement of the Leinster decider is good news for Kilmacud's Wexford star Adrian Morrissey, whose suspension will have expired by Sunday week.

Morrissey received a controversial four-week ban after he was red-carded in a league match against Erin's Isle, and appeals to the Dublin County Board and Leinster Council subsequently failed.

"We've always maintained that Adrian was completely innocent of the charge. Our minds haven't changed one iota on that. Higher codes seem to have adjudicated on this," Carr said. "For some reason, as the club championship gathered pace for Kilmacud, we've had an unreal amount of issues to deal with, one after the other. There have been difficult decisions along the way and these guys have stepped up.

"We try to deal with every set of circumstances. Some are inside of our control, but others are not. We became aware of the Dublin holiday to Dubai after the Garrycastle match (Leinster semi-final). With the game being changed from this Sunday, it's an issue and we're trying to deal with it."

He added: "I absolutely respect the position of administrators in Leinster and, indeed, Croke Park. It's a difficult and tight calendar they have to stick to. They rightly judge success in terms of getting these fixtures put through, but there is another level to this -- a human cost."

Irish Independent

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