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“Unbelievable” Venue Decision For Ladies Game

Friday 11.08.2017
Team Talk Mag
All Ireland Series


Tyrone ladies manager Gerry Moane has called for fair play after the Ladies Association confirmed Pairc Sean Mac Diarmada Carrick on Shannon as the venue for next Sunday’s all Ireland intermediate quarter final clash with Leitrim. The game will form part of a double bill at the Connacht venue with Sligo versus Roscommon the afternoon’s first game.

The fact that this is now a home quarter final for the Leitrim side has angered the Tyrone boss. “It is unbelievable” he claimed. “How can those who make the decisions on venues expect us to accept this? We were always led to believe that the quarter finals would be neutral venues. That’s the way it has been for all the other games in the senior and intermediate championship so far. Why should we just roll over and accept heading to the home venue of our opponents?”

Tyrone officials have already outlined their objections to Croke Park officials over the venue selection although there has been no response to Tyrone’s complaints the fixture is now on the association’s official website. “We have no complaint about the actual facilities. It’s a fine stadium, indeed a step up from some of the grounds where ladies have had to play but it’s not on to offer our opponents home advantage in an all Ireland quarter final.”

TV coverage has often been used as a reason for venue choices but that appears not to be an issue with this fixture. “There will be no TV coverage at our game next week” confirmed the Tyrone boss. “So that old excuse won’t wash. We are looking at our options.”

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