Carrick Swan are back in the championship

The South Tipp GAA Board must go back to the drawing board and re-arrange the South Senior Hurling Semi-Final replay - a match they had awarded to Mullinahone when Carrick Swans claimed they were unable to fulfil the fixture - after Swans were dramatically re-instated in the competition.

The South Tipp GAA Board must go back to the drawing board and re-arrange the South Senior Hurling Semi-Final replay - a match they had awarded to Mullinahone when Carrick Swans claimed they were unable to fulfil the fixture - after Swans were dramatically re-instated in the competition.

The controversy affecting the South division’s Senior Hurling Championship took another twist last Wednesday night at a meeting of the GAA’s County Hearings Committee.

The Carrick club had been thrown out of the championship and fined €3,000 over their refusal to play the semi-final replay against Mullinahone, when they claimed they would have 9 players unavailable for a variety of reasons.

When the sanctions were imposed by the South Tipp Board the South Final between Mullinahone and Carrick Davins was scheduled for last Sunday week, but was subsequently postponed when Swans decided to lodge an appeal with the County Hearings Committee.

That hearing, held in Thurles last week, went in favour of Swans and a new date will have to be arranged for their semi-final replay against Mullinahone.

If Tipperary beat Dublin in Sunday’s All-Ireland Hurling Semi-Final the match won’t be played until after the final on September 4.

The reprieve means that Swans are also back in the County Hurling Championship, and that an all-Carrick South Hurling Final remains a possibility.