Thursday 22 August 2019

Tipp fume as Munster hand Borrisokane a reprieve

TIPPERARY chiefs have once again been left red-faced by the Munster Council after provincial top brass overruled a decision to relegate Borrisokane from the county SHC.

Tipp officials sent Borrisokane down to the intermediate ranks after they indicated that they could not fulfil the relegation final against Ballybacon-Grange on February 25.

But Borrisokane successfully appealed to the Munster Council and Tipperary's Competitions Control Committee (CCC) has been advised to refix the game.

This is the latest twist in the long-running Tipperary SHC relegation saga which dates back to last September. And it is the second time that the Munster Council has ruled against the Tipperary board.

The draw for the North SHC has already been made, and despite the fact that Borrisokane are in limbo they have been paired with holders Toomevara in the first round, a fixture pencilled in for the weekend of April 8.

Borrisokane are pleased with the latest Munster Council verdict and club secretary Adrian Egan confirmed: "Absolutely delighted -- we did nothing wrong. We were the innocent party all along."

It is understood that Borrisokane were successful on each of their three grounds for appeal. The Tipperary CCC will meet next Monday to discuss the matter.

Meanwhile, Sean O'Sullivan has rubbished rumours that he quit Kerry's senior panel last month because he was substituted in the first half of the county's home Allianz NFL defeat to Armagh.

The four-time All-Ireland winner, who was coaxed out of inter-county retirement late last year, stressed that he had made his mind up to step back from the senior set-up before the start of the league, explaining that he wasn't enjoying his football.

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