Timahoe hit out after Division 1 playoff snub

Timahoe GAA Club have hit out at the Laois County Board after they were removed from the ACFL Division 1 last week after failing to fulfil a fixture.

Timahoe GAA Club have hit out at the Laois County Board after they were removed from the ACFL Division 1 last week after failing to fulfil a fixture.

Timahoe were due to play Arles-Killeen in a playoff as part of a bid to make it to the Division 1 final, but informed the County Board they were not in a position to field a team on the day the game was fixed for. As a result, the competition proceeded without them, and Arles-Killeen advanced to meet Graiguecullen, who they subsequently defeated to earn a place in the semi-final.

Timahoe have released a statement on the matter, outlining their disappointment at the manner in which is was handled. “On behalf of Timahoe GAA Ckub we wish to express our extreme disappointment at being removed from the ACFL Division 1 playoff with Arles-Killeen.

“Our secretary notified the County Board that we were unable to field a team on that occasion owing to substantial number of players being unavailable due to injury and having four players on the Laois senior football team.

“Timahoe always had a policy of supporting Laois County Board both financially and by encouraging any players to give full commitment to any county team they were selected on. Timahoe is a small senior club and could not be expected to field a team with so many players not available.

“We are very aggrieved to read in the local papers that we were removed from Division 1 football league without the courtesy of a hearing for our legitimate case, phone call or e-mail.”

In response to Timahoe’s concerns, Laois GAA secretary Niall Handy revealed that because Timahoe had not sought a postponement, the County Board were left with no option but to proceed without them. “Timahoe informed us they were unable to fulfil the fixture, so we just have to move on.”

Elsewhere in ACFL Division 1, Arles-Killeen had a four point win over Graiguecullen to set up a date with Portlaoise tonight (Wednesday) with a place in the ACFL Division 1 final on the line. The final is due to be played this Sunday.

At the other end of the table, the relegation scrap will be brought to a conclusion tonight (Wednesday) when The Heath take on St Joseph’s in Kellyville. If St Joseph’s win, they will avoid relegation and The Heath will finish bottom of the table, although they cannot be relegated as they have a team in Division 2. As a result, only one team will be promoted from Division 2, as only Ballylinan will be relegated from the top league.

If The Heath win, however, then they will leapfrog St Joseph’s, forcing them into a relegation spot, meaning two teams can be promoted from Division 2. If that happens, then both Ballyroan Abbey and Killeshin, who contest the Division 2 final this weekend, will make the move up for 2013.