Kilkenny GAA clubs have been warned that if they don’t fulfil games listed in the official fixtures list that they will be fined.
Apparently there has been a flood of ‘no shows’ and clubs seeking postponements of matches, under-age ties in particular, in recent weeks. Now the County Board has cried halt.
“The whole thing is a bit ridiculous,” chairman Ned Quinn sighed when revealing the full extent of the problem at the monthly meeting of the ’Board.
During one week recently, 29 games were down for decision. A mere 13 were played. The biggest problem was with under-age matches, where there were 16 postponements sought from an arranged schedule of 25.
Bord-na-nOg chairman, Willie Dempsey, outlined the extent of the problem at under-age level, particularly with football, when he told the meeting he received requests on the Friday of the weekend to have 15 fixtures altered.
The Thomastown official added that another request came in at 11am on Saturday to have a match put off that was to start at 11am!
“An e-mail has been sent to all clubs informing them that no longer will requests for postponements be accepted by text,” Mr Dempsey said. “Requests to have games put off will only be accepted from a club chairman, secretary or the Bord-na-nOg secretary from an official GAA e-mail address. It appears as it is was all being done on a whim, but it will have to stop.”
Clubs were told that a new deadline to seek - not necessarily to be granted - postponements was being introduced. It was 10pm on Wednesdays. No changes would be made after that, Mr Dempsey insisted.
Mr Quinn said the glut of postponements made a mockery of the fixtures list posted on the GAA website and published in the newspapers. It can’t continued, he added.
“The appropriate fines will be imposed on clubs if it continues,” Mr Quinn warned.
Meanwhile, the ’Board decided that the Hurler Co-Op draw will be run again this year. This is a fund-raiser from which clubs can earn considerable money, depending on ticket sales. “If clubs could sell 20 more tickets each above last year’s lot it would a huge different,” Mr Quinn said.