On Friday evening, a club fixture was due to take place in the Longford Senior Hurling Championship.
Unfortunately for the players and fans in attendance though, no officials attended the game. As a result of this, the match could not take place as the light was fading away with no sign of any referee arriving at the game.
The intriguing clash that was meant to be played between Wolfe Tones and Longford Slashers and to date, there has been no explanation by a county board official as to why there were no officials in attendance. Neither the clubs, the players nor the supporters were given a reason, and surely in this day and age in the GAA this is heavily unjustified and shameful for its amateur and grassroots players.
All this is aside from the incredible volunteers that help keep hurling alive in clubs like these.
Following the game, Wolfe Tones Hurling Club has reacted with an angry Facebook post to highlight the dire situation that’s ongoing in Longford, condemning their county board.
Although this may seem like an unlikely event, it isn’t the first time that a situation like this has occurred in Longford, as earlier in the year the same club suffered the same fate in a u-14 Féile na nGael hurling final when no officials turned up to preside the game.
The Longford Slashers account has also had their say on the matters that have taken place:
“It makes a total mockery of the massive efforts our two clubs give to keep hurling alive in the county. The Féile Final no-show was bad enough. Noone from the County Board ever apologised, gave an explanation or expressed regret for the treatment of our players that day.”
“You’d think they’d endeavour to at least ensure this didn’t happen, again!”
With the promotion of hurling in dire need, it is poorly organised events like this that will further inhibit our people from playing and supporting the game.
Jason Redmond, Pundit Arena
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