ST Fergal’s, Rathdowney are currently awaiting confirmation of a refixture for their All Ireland Vocational Schools Senior Hurling A semi-final with Nenagh VS after the game was abandoned for a second time last Saturday.
The first attempt to play the game fell foul of torrential rain but last weekend the game was abandoned by Offaly referee Tony Carroll after a very serious injury to St Fergal’s Shane Cleere.
With 40 minutes of the game gone, the full-forward was left in a crumpled heap on the ground after an off the ball incident.
He was treated on the field and the decision was quickly made to call an ambulance. The paramedics arrived after half and hour and, after further lengthy treatment on the field, Shane was taken to hospital where he spent the weekend until his discharge on Monday.
It is understood that he suffered badly bruised kidneys as a result of the clash. While currently at home recuperating, he did manage to make a brief appearance in St Fergal’s for the school photograph where, unsurprisingly, he was given a heroes welcome.
Offaly referee Tony Carroll initially made efforts to restart the game but an obviously upset St Fergal’s side were in the their dressing room and ultimately the official decided to abandon the game.
Nenagh VS were leading the game by 3-9 to 0-6 when the injury and subsequent delay occurred however the previous week it was St Fergal’s who lead by 1-1 to 0-0 and who had a man advantage when that game fell foul of the weather.
While the semi-final is expected to be replayed, no date or venue were available at the time of going to print.
St Brigid’s Loughrea are already in the Vocational Schools Final which was originally intended to be part of a double header in Semple Stadium in Thurles this Saturday along with the All Ireland Colleges Hurling Final between Nenagh CBS and Kilkenny CBS.
However that Colleges Final is now fixed to go ahead as a stand alone game with a 3.15pm throw in.
See this week’s Leinster Express for report from last Saturday’s abandoned game.