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04th Nov 2023

London senior hurling final postponed again at estimated €80,000 cost to supporters

Niall McIntyre

The London senior hurling final has been postponed 48 hours before the scheduled throw-in for the second time in three weeks.

The competing clubs St Gabriels and Brothers Pearse were informed of the decision on Friday, when London GAA signalled their intention to wait out on ‘the full DRA tribunal hearing.’

Originally fixed for October 15, the final has been up in the air on the back of a dispute over an ineligible player. Robert Emmetts had initially defeated St Gabriels in their semi-final, winning out in a penalty shoot-out but an objection was soon made.

There is widespread anger not just among players and management teams, but also among supporters who had booked flights and accommodation. It is being estimated that the financial loss sustained could reach as high as €80,000.

London GAA issued the following statement on Friday afternoon.

Fixture update: The McAleer & Rushe Senior Hurling Championship Final fixed for Sunday is postponed. The DRA grant interim relief sought on 2nd November and direct that the final between St. Gabriel’s and Brothers Pearse be postponed pending the full DRA tribunal hearing.

Brothers Pearse, meanwhile, communicated their disappointment for anyone who planned to come to the game. ‘So sorry to report bad news again,’ they said.

Brothers Pearse issue statement

“Game off – senior hurling championship FINAL So sorry to report bad news again, but London CCC has made the decision to postpone the county final pending a DRA tribunal hearing over the other SF, which will take place next week.

Again, we are so disappointed for anyone who planned to come to the game. We are especially sorry for our players who have tried to focus on the final with all this uncertainty going on. We will keep yous all updated. Pearses Abù.”

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