Sunday 18 August 2019

A time and a place...

In July of last year we recall a lot of disquiet over the presence of one particular group team in the Roinn 1 grade of the Under-21 hurling championship.

Forth and Bargy Gaels, drawing players from the St. Mary's (Rosslare), Our Lady's Island and St. Fintan's clubs, weren't included in the Premier ranks when many observers felt they ought to have been there.

The matter was raised from the floor at County Board level but perhaps some of the sting was taken out of the argument when Forth and Bargy Gaels failed to win the title outright, losing the final to Taghmon-Camross on an August evening in Kilmore.

It seems that the same issue has arisen again as the reigning District champions comfortably retained their crown last week, and now they have a one in four chance of winning the county title.

One club has been particular vocal about the situation. They had a similar attitude last year, and naturally enough we assumed that they would table a motion as a result to confine group teams to the Premier grade of Under-21 only.

Unless we are mistaken though, our recollection is that the club in question didn't follow through on their concerns. Certainly, we cannot recall a motion on Under-21 hurling grading being discussed before this year's draws were made.

Maybe that club needs to be reminded that there's a time and place to air grievances if they want to get a tangible reward. And comments by members on social media is most certainly not the place.

Wexford People

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