SADNESS, disenchantment and disappointment were the primary emotions in Kilmovee GAA circles last night (Monday) as the East Mayo club took stock of their exit from the Mayo junior football championship over the weekend.
On Friday night last, club representatives sat in front of the Connacht GAA Council’s Hearings Committee to appeal Mayo GAA’s decision to fix their third round championship match with Achill for the Islanders’ home ground in Polranny.
However, their appeal never got off the ground once Mayo GAA highlighted that it had not been lodged within the three-day time-frame for such actions.
That loss on a technicality has only added to the disenchantment felt by the club on the eastern border, according to Kilmovee GAA club secretary, Donal Kelly.
“The whole thing has really knocked the stuffing out of us and left a lot of people disappointed with Mayo GAA,” he told The Mayo News last night.
“At all times we conducted ourselves in a respectful manner as a club and just looked for fairness, but to be thrown out on a technicality before we ever got to say our piece makes things even worse.
“When the county board fixed the game for Achill we immediately got in contact to complain and waited for them to get back to us with a final decision. As soon as they came back with that we appealed the decision to the Connacht Council and believed the three-day rule only began when that final decision was relayed to us.”
The decision to dismiss Kilmovee’s appeal on a technicality was made on Friday night which left the Shamrocks no time to reassess their situation and contemplate fulfilling the fixture, according to Kelly.
“To be honest, I don’t think we’d have changed our stance but the decision coming so late left us no time to prepare for a match at the other end of the county a few hours later, even if we wanted to travel.
“All we feel now is disappointment and there is a massive sense of disenchantment in the club and the community. We feel absolutely no animosity towards Achill but we most certainly feel the county board have a lot of questions to answer.”
Meanwhile Mayo GAA secretary Dermot Butler has described the episode as ‘unfortunate’. “The decision to fix the game for Achill was made in the effort to be fair to everyone. They were the only team in the county who didn’t have a home championship match when it was decided to fix the game,” he told The Mayo News.
“At no time did we want to be unfair on Kilmovee and we were all very sorry to see them concede the match late on Friday night.”
When asked how the technical error in Kilmovee’s appeal came to light, Mr Butler confirmed the issue had been highlighted by Mayo GAA.