Sunday 24 March 2019

Farce as Fresher hurling final teams turn up at different venues

Confusion around the venue emerged earlier this week. (stock image)
Confusion around the venue emerged earlier this week. (stock image)
Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

Third-level chiefs are set to investigate after a row that saw Limerick rivals LIT and UL turn up at different venues in the city for the Freshers Hurling final which was due to take place yesterday afternoon.

There were farcical scenes as LIT were in place on their home turf in Moylish while across the city UL took to the field in Mary Immaculate College.

Cork referee Cathal McAllister also turned up in LIT but with no opposition in sight he, along with the LIT team, departed the field after 15 minutes with no trophy awarded.

Confusion around the venue emerged earlier this week. Last Monday the game was fixed for the Mary I grounds but by the following day the game had been switched to Moylish.

Host

It's understood a meeting on Monday night deemed Mary I unsuitable to host the game and awarded home advantage to LIT after a coin toss.

And yesterday a tweet from the UL GAA club insisted there was "no basis" for the change of venue and would be honouring the "agreed fixture".

"UL, LIT and Croke Park had agreed to play the fresher 1 final in MICL," the tweet read.

"The venue was changed by CCC with no basis for the change. UL will be honouring the agreed fixture and will be in Mary I today for 4.30pm."

It was set to be the first Freshers final played between the Limerick rivals. Third-level chiefs are awaiting the referee's report before making a decision on how to proceed.

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