Tuesday 12 December 2017

Delegates criticise radio show

Brendan Furlong

Wexford County Chairman Diarmuid Devereux
Wexford County Chairman Diarmuid Devereux

The alleged lack of balance given by South-East Radio to Wexford's hurling defeat to Limerick came in for strong criticism at the monthly meeting of the County G.A.A. Board.

The programme, 'Morning Mix', and its presenter, Alan Corcoran, along with its G.A.A. correspondent, hosted a phone-in relating to Wexford's opening National League defeat to Limerick.

Bannow-Ballymitty club delegate, Michael Wallace, said he was annoyed with the local radio in Wexford that they made such a big thing about it. The texts and phone calls were coming in from people who were not even in Limerick. What a lot of people did not realise was the fact the match was played in a slurry pool.

When questioned by County Chairman, Diarmuid Devereux, as to how many Wexford supporters he believed to be present at the game, Wallace said in his opinion no more than 50.

The Bannow-Ballymitty delegate went on to vent his disappointment at the programme and its totally one-sided presentation. It was an injustice to the hurlers and the team management coming from a local radio, he added.

The county Chairman spoke of the commitment of the players.

He said that at 11.05 p.m. on the night of the game he received a text from Dermot Howlin, the team Secretary, saying they were just leaving the hotel.

Those players and management would not have been back in Wexford until 2 a.m. They went back to the hotel in their playing gear following the game, and went to the swimming pool for their warm down before having their meal.

It's an amateur sport and it's a long season. More adjustments will be made to the Senior hurling set-up over the coming weeks, he added.

St. Mary's (Maudlintown) club delegate, James Flood, told delegates who had not heard the programme that the presenter, Alan Corcoran, kept pressing Liam Spratt as to what was going on.

'He (presenter) came across as being more important than actually putting the question,' Flood said.

'The presenter was speaking of all the texts and e-mails but surely there must have been some positive texts regarding Wexford hurling. It would not all have been as negative as he (presenter) portrayed,' he claimed.

The Chairman said these are all young men of a very young age. 'We support all our young players,' he added.

The matter arose after Horeswood delegate, John Kenny, sought information on the withdrawal of Jack Guiney from the Senior hurling squad and the conflicting reports.

The County Chairman said that in the build-up to the game he was reported to have an injury which happened with the college side, while on the Thursday before the Limerick game he withdrew from the panel for personal reasons.

'We wish Jack the best for the future,' he said.

The Chairman also said that the panel available to team management is limited through injury. They train Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

'All I will say it's a very young team. These are very young men and the best we can do is to continue to support them.

'Every effort that can be made will be made to strengthen the situation,' he added.

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