Navan forefeit Clontarf match

Navan’s Simon Clarke confirmed to The Hook this evening that his club were forced to concede their game with Clontarf from last Saturday in increasingly farcical circumstances as the Meath club were unable to field a team tonight.

The game was initially abandoned last Saturday when the umpires deemed the pitch at Mount Temple unplayable with the score at 4-0 to Clontarf and Navan down to 10-men after Shane Dooley’s red card.

The subsequent rearrangement of the fixture has seen numerous different stories relayed to The Hook though it would seem the correct procedure was not followed in confirming the game to be completed on Tuesday night at 7.30pm.

A spokesman for the fixtures committee, though, told The Hook this evening that the game should never have been refixed at such short notice and said that the protocol in these situations is to restart the game from the beginning.

Rule 80 of the Leinster Branch rulebook states that “notification of all matches shall be given at least five days before the match is to be played”. The game was only three days prior to the named replay date while reports suggest that Clontarf only received confirmation from a representative of the fixtures committee at 11.15pm on Monday evening while Navan were not made aware of the game going ahead until Tuesday morning.

Clontarf members have also stated that they received conflicting information on Monday evening, with a first call stating the game would be played in full while a second call said the game would be a continuation of the Saturday game.

The Fixtures Committee will hold a meeting in the coming week with the express intention of copper-fastening their rules in this regard.

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