TIPPERARY club side Carrick Davins have been hit with a whopping €3,000 fine after failing to fulfil a fixture against town rivals Carrick Swan nine days ago.
In a bizarre episode, referee Paddy Ivors threw in the ball with just Carrick Swan players togged out and on the field for the South SHC derby at Davin Park.
Davins argued that they were not in a position to play on this occasion, having agreed to a Swan request to postpone the original game on May 3. But South Board officials have taken a dim view of the Davins no show and as well as imposing a large fine, the match has been awarded to Swan.
Davins chairman Alan Faulkner has confirmed that the club will appeal the sanction and expressed his displeasure with the boardroom punishment.
Faulkner said: “€3,000 is a lot of money for a small club and I think the South board rushed into it.
“They could have given it a couple of days to see what the Swan were thinking.
“Everyone in Carrick is mad to see the derby – it’s part of what we are down here.
“But they’ve awarded them the game and whether they go back on that, I don’t know.
“They (South board) got around €7-8000 on the gate at the last Carrick derby and maybe they’re thinking that we’ll pay what they might have expected on the gate this time.
“But it’s their big game and they’re cutting off their nose to spite their face.”
South board officials claim that they did not receive notice two days prior to the game that Davins would not be turning up.
But Faulkner insists that it was made clear to divisional chiefs that they would not be playing for the remainder of the month of May, and that the game would go ahead when both clubs agreed on a date.
Faulkner added: “I’d be hoping that the Swan would say that if the South board were willing to go down that road, that there could be a refixture.
“It’s always a great spectacle for Carrick and South Tipp. We’re only up senior for the last four years and while we haven’t managed to beat the Swan, every year you’d be driving the lads on early in the winter and aiming for a good game against them. We were unlucky against them in the League campaign but they have a bigger pick than us.
“We’re picking from a smaller pool and once we go outside of our first 15 or any of them get injured, we’re under pressure.”