PATRICKSWELL GAA club has hit out at the two incidents that caused confusion at the end of Sunday’s Limerick SHC final in the Gaelic Grounds.
A strongly worded letter was read at this week’s County Board meeting by club chairman Kieran Carroll.
“It was the premier game of the weekend and all we ask it that it’s run right and it wasn’t run right in our opinion,” he said.
“It was Patrickswell’s twenty fifth appearance in a County Final and while we have enjoyed great success we have also endured some painful defeats. I think it is fair to say that in victory or defeat our Club has always behaved with dignity and graciousness. However it would be remiss of me not to make a reference to two incidents which occurred during last Sunday’s game for which somebody in authority must take full responsibility,” read the letter.
“Firstly, I want to refer to the shambles with the electronic clock in the stadium which clearly malfunctioned during the second half last Sunday. This is the third Sunday in a row where there have been problems with the electronic equipment - two weeks ago the scoreboard didn’t work at all; last Sunday week the clock was not turned on for one of the games (Kildimo and Cappamore) and last Sunday it the clock was not switched on in time for the second half. Players and team officials have come to rely on this equipment in helping to make crucial decisions both on and off the field of play.”
“Secondly, and of no less importance was the farcical conclusion to the game which is borne out by comments made to our players by the referee. It is clear from his body language (visible on television replay) that while attempting to “draw” the game the referee miscalculated the score. Cathaoirleach, this is simply not good enough,” said the letter.
“Our sport, even at club level is now professional, except in name only. Players, team mentors and club officials invest an enormous amount of personal time, effort and energy into preparing for the spectacular event delivered last Sunday. They deserve the same level of professionalism from our County Board which was sadly lacking on this occasion,” said the letter, which ended by congratulating Na Piarsaigh and wishing them well for the future.
Limerick GAA secretary Mike O’Riordan offered an explanation to the issue, which was also raised by Kildimo-Pallaskenry’s Emmett O’Brien.
“It’s something that happened and something that shouldn’t have happened and we have to hold our hands up it was an error and we will remedy it going forward,” said O’Riordan.
“In relation to the scoreboard in the Gaelic Grounds we purchased two new scoreboards over the last 12-months. The way we operate the scoreboard is that there is a scoreboard operator above in the control room and obviously this situation isn’t working and to remedy this we will be having the scoreboard operator in an individual room going forward,” he outlined.