Melvin Gael’s failure to field a team in last Sunday’s GWP Intermediate Championship Relegation semi-final could yet have severe consequences for the Kinlough club after it was revealed that the penalty for a club for failing to field a team in the club championship includes a provision for a 24 week ban.
Melvin Gaels conceded the Intermediate championship relegation semi-final to neighbours Glencar/Manorhamilton, scheduled to take in Drumshanbo on Sunday evening, and under GAA rules, the club could face a suspension of 24 weeks if they have not given two days notice to the County Board.
According to Rule 6.23 of the GAA’s Official Guide “The Penalties for a Club/Unit failing to fulfil a Championship Game shall be as follows: (a) In a ‘Knock-Out’ Game - the Club shall be Disqualified from the Championship and the Game Awarded to the Opposing Team.
Under Section D of the rule, the Guide states “A Club failing to give two clear days notice, in writing, of its intention not to fulfil a Championship Game shall be liable to a suspension of 24 weeks.”
The Rule goes on to state “A Club/Unit shall be compelled to pay any Fine imposed for loss of revenue by the Committee-in-Charge and all vouched reasonable expenses incurred, and failure to do so shall involve a suspension of forty eight weeks.”
When contacted by the Leitrim Observer on Tuesday, the County Board declined to make any comment. Any disciplinary issues could have serious consequences for the Kinlough men as they face into their Senior Championship semi-final but it is hard to say if there is any great desire on the part of the County Board to pursue the matter.
Melvin Gaels, who stormed to the Junior A Championship title last year with an impressive display of strength in depth, are due to face Aughavas in the Intermediate Championship relegation final after Aughavas were beaten by Drumkeerin, 0-12 to 0-8, last Saturday in the other relegation semi-final.
In the Senior Championship Relegation semi-finals, a Nigel Maguire penalty propelled Drumreilly to a 2-7 to 0-12 victory over a Kiltubrid side who felt they had done enough to secure their Senior status for another year. The return of James Holohan from suspension made a huge difference to Drumreilly as he won the penalty that proved so crucial in the final analysis.
In the other game, Ballinamore Sean O’Heslin’s free-fall continues as Carrigallen produced an excellent display to win their encounter by five points, 1-12 to 0-10, their goal coming from veteran Benny O’Rourke ten minutes before halftime. O’Heslin’s cut the gap to two points midway through the second half but Carrigallen finished strongly to deservedly take the honours.
The results mean a second meeting between Kiltubrid and Ballinamore Sean O’Heslin’s, a repeat of their group game where Kiltubrid shocked the Ballinamore men to win a place in the eighth place playoff game.
Ballinamore did enjoy better fortune in the eighth place playoff in the Junior A Championship when they proved far too strong for Drumkeerin, winning by ten points, 3-13 to 1-9.