Cork GAA officials are set to bring a case to the Munster council following an incident before throw-in in Sunday’s Munster final victory over Clare.
The Irish Examiner have reported that an individual dressed in a Clare tracksuit made his way to Anthony Nash’s goal during the pre-game national anthem and proceeded to take a bag of sliotars and throw them into the crowd.
It is unclear what the the motives of the Clare man were as of yet, whether it was an intentional ploy to detract from Anthony Nash’s puckout strategy, or if it was a spur of the moment act to draw a boisterous reaction from the supporters in the Kilinane End in Semple Stadium.
When Nash made his way to his position between the posts for throw-in, he found his sliotars had been taken and Rebel officials were forced to replace the bag in order for the Kanturk ‘keeper to fire out his quick puckouts, which are an essential element of Cork’s game plan. The pinpoint accuracy and sharpness of the Cork number one’s restarts have proven to be a rock solid platform to build effective attacks on so far this summer.
While Rebels players and management continue to celebrate their first Munster championship triumph since 2014, deservedly so seeing as Kieran Kingston’s side were rank outsiders to take the provincial title this year, the Cork County Board are set to seek an explanation for the sliotar stealing incident which could spell trouble for said sliotar thief.
If the Munster Council decide to investigate the unsavoury incident, precedent has been set for this sort of incursion already this year. Wexford manager, Davy Fitzgerald was hit with an eight-week touchline ban for interfering with opposition on the field of play during their league semi-final loss to Tipperary, forcing him to sit out the Model County’s opening two Leinster championship matches.
If the Clare individual guilty of taking Nash’s sliotars from the goal is to be punished, it is likely that a similar penalty could be handed out.
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