Cashel King Cormack slams decision not to hold U-21 final after Covid outbreak

Cashel King Cormack has expressed his dismay at Tipperary West CCC’s refusal to reschedule their regional U21 HC final following a COVID outbreak in their squad.

Capwhite Gayle has been awarded the title, with Cashel’s statement asserting that his throwers were hit with “extremely harsh punishments” despite having committed “no violations” and “no offences”.

His statement described how the fixture was pushed back for a number of reasons, including expected inclement weather before Kovid arrived in the Cashel dressing room. That outbreak pushed the sport back from 19 December to St Stephen’s Day.

The club say that their COVID cases have worsened in the interim and were unable to complete the 26 December fixture.

“Due to the 10-day isolation period, this moratorium of seven days was not enough to allow our players to recover; As outlined by the public health guidelines,” read the statement.

The club also questioned why games could not be played at the start of the new year.

Kashel says that if officials can fix the regional decider they were ready to allow Cappahwaite to advance to the County Championship as West’s nominated side, but the request fell on deaf ears.

“At all times, during this time, our club and our players have acted responsibly by adhering to the HSE guidelines. It is only a pity that members of the West Tipperary Competition Control Committee did not see it that way.”

Full Details of Cashel King Cormack:

“The Cashel King Cormack would like to express its dismay and dismay at the disqualification of its Under-21 Hurler by the West Tipperary Competition Control Committee (CCC), the executive committee of the GAA Club, at the West Tipperary CCC meeting on 28 December 2021.

The match (The West Under 21 “A” Hurling Championship Final) was originally scheduled for 5 December, but by agreement of both the clubs (Cachell and Cappahwaite Gayle) and the West Tipperary CCC, the match was changed to 12 December went.

“The game scheduled for 12 December was later postponed by the West CCC on 7 December; Citing weather forecast and possible unavailability of pitches as factors. The weather was pleasant that weekend and matches were played at venues in the west. The original location, Golden, became available, and we reported it to West Tipperary CCC on December 10; But the West CCC refused to reschedule the schedule for 12 December.

“The match was rescheduled for December 19. However during the week prior to 19th December, there was an outbreak of COVID 19 within our Under 21 squad. Our club immediately suspended all activities involving the entire squad. West CCC were informed, and they postponed the game, fixing it for 26 December.

“Due to the 10-day isolation period, this moratorium of seven days was not enough to allow our players to recover; As outlined by the Public Health Guidelines. The COVID situation within our squad only got worse during that week. 15 players from our U-21 team had PCR test positive and more were in close contact. We were not given any further adjournment.

“We believe the match could have been fixed for 1st, 2nd or 3rd January 2022. The Mid Tipperary Final was played on 2nd January and the South Tipperary Final on 3rd January. But for whatever reason West Tipperary CCC Our West Tipperary couldn’t fix the final.

“A motion was made at the West Tipperary CCC at the county hearing, that the West Under 21 “A” final be rescheduled for a later date; and the County Championship would continue, with Capwhite as the team named by the West Tipperary CCC. Along with Gayle, to represent the West Division in the County Under 21 “A” Championship semi-finals.

“The West Tipperary CCC met on Sunday 9 January and decided that they would not reconsider their original decision, and therefore would not re-correct the aforementioned West Tipperary Under 21″A” Hurling Championship Final.

“As a result of that West Tipperary CCC decision, the County Hearing Committee enforced our disqualification under Rule 6.24 to 2021.

“This is an extremely harsh punishment on our Under-21 hurlers; One who has not committed any offence, or has committed no offence. He was just as unfortunate as thousands of others to come in contact with COVID-19. We would have thought that the members of West Tipperary CCC would have realized the extraordinary times we are witnessing now, with COVID 19 raging in all our communities.

“At all times, during this time, our club and our players have acted responsibly by adhering to the HSE guidelines. It is only a pity that members of the West Tipperary Competition Control Committee did not see it that way.”