Friday, November 19, 2021

Fergal Murphy (Barrowhouse) gets away from Ballyroan Abbey’s Sam Quinn during last Sunday’s JFC final              Photo: Denis Byrne

By Denis J. Croke

THE plight of small clubs was highlighted today when Barrowhouse were forced to pull out of the Leinster club championship due to lack of players through injury.

Barrowhouse were due to play the Carlow champions, Grange, the the first round of the Leinster Club Junior Football Championship in Stradbally tomorrow.

Only last Sunday Barrowhouse played Ballyroan Abbey in the Laois junior final and lost what was a cracking game that went to extra time. However, because the winners were Ballyroan Abbey’s second team they were not permitted to contest the Leinster championship. Instead, Barrowhouse who would have been deemed a genuine junior team got the nod.

Now, unfortunately, Barrowhouse took the harrowing decision to withdraw from the championship due to a lack of players. Injuries and other commitments left them with little option but to give Grange a walkover.

A statement issued by Barrowhouse club secretary Alan Langton said: “It is with great regret that Barrowhouse GAA have informed Laois and Leinster GAA of our club decision to withdraw from tomorrow’s (Saturday) Leinster JFC fixture in Stradbally.

This unfortunately is due to a large number of injured players and a smaller number of unavoidable player absences on Saturday.

We had already lost a number of key players ahead of last Sunday’s Laois Junior Football final and we lost more to injury during that game.

In fact, some played on into extra time with injuries which has now exasperated our problems.

We are a small club with a restricted adult player base and did not take this decision lightly and we are devastated we cannot fulfil tomorrow’s fixture.

We extend our apologies for the lateness of our decision and communication, but we as a club did everything we possibly could to try to give injured players every chance of recovery, but alas to no avail.

We would like to thank Stradbally GAA for offering to act as host club venue on our behalf and we wish Grange GAA the best of luck in the competition.”

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