With no fewer than six of their team involved in the Mayo senior hurling squad which commenced its Nicky Rackard Cup campaign away to Tyrone yesterday (Sunday), another restricted from duty due to inter-county football commitments, and with several more players unavailable for other reasons, the management of the Ballyhaunis senior football team took the decision not to fulfil their scheduled Mayo SFL Division 3 fixture with The Neale on Saturday evening. They did so whilst expressing dismay at the refusal of Mayo GAA’s Competitions Control Committee (CCC) to grant a postponement of the match which was due to be played in St Feichin’s Park, Cong.
Ballyhaunis have won all three of their league games to date which places them level on points on the table with The Neale who have played one game more.
“Ballyhaunis GAA football management team wish to clarify its position in relation to the scheduled Senior Football Division 3 league fixture due to take place tomorrow evening, May 11, against The Neale GAA,” read a statement issued on the club’s social media channels on Friday. “Ballyhaunis GAA football management and team have not conceded tomorrow evening’s fixture. We have sought a postponement and requested a re-fixture by the Mayo County CCC but this request has not been granted. Due to unforeseen circumstances, our senior football team are unable to field a team of fifteen players. The reasons include the following: six Mayo hurlers are unavailable due to Nicky Rackard championship this weekend, an inter-county footballer unavailable, a number of players due to sit Leaving Cert exams and squad injuries.
“Over the past number of weeks Ballyhaunis GAA football management and club officers have tried in vain to reschedule this game but our efforts have proved unsuccessful with the County Board,” the statement concluded.
The Mayo GAA League rules and regulations state that postponements will not be granted, except by mutual agreement between the two clubs involved. Where a team cancels a game without agreement with the opposing club, the Mayo GAA secretary must be informed in writing on or before the date of the fixture.
The CCC appoints an overseer who reviews all fixtures at the end of each week and reports its findings, including fixtures unfulfilled and documentation received, after which the CCC will review nominated fixtures and rule on their findings.
The five other games did proceed as scheduled in Division 3 on Saturday: Bonniconlon 0-18 Castlebar Mitchels ‘B’ 0-8, Kilmeena 6-16 Achill 1-8, Mayo Gaels 1-9 Davitts 2-14, Shrule/Glencorrib 2-13 Swinford 2-10, Parke/Keelogues/Crimlin 1-12 Lahardane MacHales 0-6.