Tuesday 17 September 2019

Boston melee to come under GAA microscope

Lucey played 67 championship matches for the Limerick hurlers and footballers
Lucey played 67 championship matches for the Limerick hurlers and footballers
Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Some of the Galway and Dublin hurlers involved in Sunday’s flashpoint during the Fenway Classic played under ‘Super 11’ rules at the home of the Boston Red Sox baseball team may yet face a disciplinary charge.

The Central Competitions Control Committee (CCCC) are expecting to review the report of referee Alan Kelly and the incident itself in more forensic detail in the coming days before deciding if further action is required.

Three players, Galway’s Iarla Tannian and Andy Smith and Dublin goalkeeper Conor Dooley, were sin-binned by Galway referee Alan Kelly after he reverted to the television match official for a review of the incident. Under ‘Super 11’ rules, yellow-carded players spend two minutes ‘in the bin.’

Tannian, Smith and Dooley are in the clear because their contribution to the melee has been dealt with but several others were involved and could potentially face charges for ‘contributing to a melee’ which carries a one-match ban.

Though the match, which drew a crowd of almost 30,000, is officially sanctioned by the GAA, the element of review by TMO is not governed by GAA  rules and that creates something of an anomaly.

Meanwhile, Limerick dual player Stephen Lucey has called time on his inter-county career that dates back to 1999 when Eamonn Cregan first invited him on to the hurling panel.

Lucey played 67 championship matches for the Limerick hurlers and footballers, including the 2007 All-Ireland hurling final which they lost to Kilkenny.

He had been troubled with injury for much of the last season. The Croom man, who lost four Munster football finals but won a Munster U-21 title in 2000 before losing an All-Ireland final to Tyrone, paid tribute the late Dave Billings, the head of Gaelic games in UCD where Lucey studied medicine.

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One of Lucey’s former Limerick football managers, Liam Kearns, has been formally appointed as successor in Tipperary to Peter Creedon. Kearns will have U-21 manager Tommy Toomey – who guided the county to this year’s All-Ireland final against Tyrone – Paul Fitzgerald and Shane Stapleton as his selectors.

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