AS the finalists complete arrangements for the U-14A hurling final on Sunday evening, a row is raging over the decision of Bord na nÓg to allow the transfer of a player from O’Callaghan’s Mills to Kilmaley.
The transfer was sanctioned at a recent meeting of the board. The player in question was one of the leading lights when Kilmaley accounted for Éire Óg in the semi-final.
The boy’s older brother joined Kilmaley over a year ago and was part of their minor A championship-winning squad last year. While O’Callaghan’s Mills agreed to that transfer, they did not give their agreement on this occasion.
“We consented last year but circumstances were different,” according to O’Callaghan’s Mills’ chairman Joe Cooney. He added the club does not want to stop anyone hurling and the opportunity is there to hurl with the club. He also expressed his club’s disappointment at the decision of Bord na nÓg to grant the transfer against the wishes of the club.
“Based on the information available to us, we made the decision to allow the transfer,” said Bord na nÓg chairman Seán O’Halloran this week.
It is understood that board officials met with representatives of both clubs and also met with the family before arriving at their decision.
Announcing the decision, the Bord na nÓg chairman said their main concern is to ensure that “everyone is playing hurling”. The player in question hadn’t played hurling for at least two years.
Exciting final in prospect
THE U-14 Hurling Championships are nearing conclusion and this weekend there are a number of semi-finals as well as the final of the A competition down for decision.
Kilmaley and Doora-Barefield will play for the A title at Cusack Park on Sunday evening (7pm).
Both had comprehensive semi-final wins, with Kilmaley emerging as 4-12 to 0-9 winners over Éire Óg and Doora-Barefield 6-10 to 3-6 winners over Wolfe Tones.
A number of the Kilmaley panel for Sunday’s final have already helped Lissycasey to win the county U-14 Féile football crown, so a win over Doora-Barefield would see them complete an impressive double.
Meanwhile, in the U-14 B semi-finals, Bodyke is the venue for the meeting of Smith O’Brien’s and O’Callaghan’s Mills on Friday evening, while Clooney will host the clash of Killanena-Feakle and Clarecastle at 12.30pm on Sunday.
In the U-14C championship, there will be a play-off between St Breckan’s and Crusheen-Tubber this Saturday in Ruan at 4.30pm. Also on Saturday evening in Scariff at 7pm, Ogonnelloe will play Bodyke in the U-14D semi-final with the winners going through to play Ennistymon in the final. The North Clare side had a 6-5 to 2-4 win over Whitegate in the other semi-final last weekend.