Last year’s winners Carrick Swan were sensationally thrown out of the 2011 Tipperary South senior hurling championship last night and fined €3,000. The side have also been banned from taking part in this season’s county senior championship.
The club Swan failed to turn up for their semi-final replay against Mullinahone last weekend and were expelled by divisional board chiefs at a meeting last night.
Last weekend Swan sent an official statement to local radio station Tipp FM, saying that nine players were unavailable for the replay.
Tipperary county board PRO Ger Ryan confirmed last night: “Carrick Swan were thrown out of the South championship by the South board. They’re also thrown out of the county championship. They are seeking a hearing but we don’t know on what basis.”
Swan PRO Sean McDonnell commented: “We have an option to accept the judgment or go for a hearing and we have chosen to go to a hearing.”
“We have numerous players unavailable, primarily due to injury, illness and work commitments.
“And we have a number of players on holidays — nine players are unavailable for selection.”
McDonnell added that the Swan club had offered to replay the Mullinahone fixture next Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday or on the Bank Holiday Monday.
He said: “We were of the opinion that there was no great need to play the South final in a hurry. It was played on the weekend of August 20 last year.
“The next phase is the hearings committee and depending on how that goes, the club will decide on the next course of action. But we would hope for a sympathetic hearing from the hearings committee.”