O'Moore hand out major bans
LAOIS GAA club, Clonaslee-St Manman's, have sought individual hearings to contest a raft of proposed suspensions recommended in the wake of the post-match melee that marred their recent IHC semi-final defeat to Ballyfin.
While county board officials have maintained a steadfast silence on the matter, local reports circulating today suggested that the disciplinary arm of Laois GAA - the competitions control committee - has cracked down hard on Clonaslee.
It's understood that the CCC has recommended hefty suspensions for five players, some extending to two years, while proposing life bans for two supporters, a fine of €2,000 and a ban from playing all home games for five years.
According to local media reports, the investigating committee is also proposing a suspended two-year ban on the club, which would allow Clonaslee to play in competitions next year under the threat of expulsion should any further disciplinary breaches occur.
It has also been reported that Clonaslee officials have been ordered to draw up a code of conduct prior to the commencement of the 2011 season.
The CCC made its proposals late last week, but the Clonaslee club and various individuals involved are entitled to seek a hearing and it's believed that almost all the proposed punishments are being contested. The Laois hearings committee is set to convene on the matter next week.
Laois GAA chiefs launched an investigation following the ugly scenes that erupted after Ballyfin's controversial two-point victory over Clonaslee in their intermediate hurling semi-final at O'Moore Park last Saturday week.
Ballyfin won courtesy of a hotly-disputed goal deep in injury-time but, in angry scenes that followed the final whistle, it was alleged that referee Liam Moran, one of his umpires and local photographer Alf Harvey were all physically accosted.
JOE DOOLEY was formally ratified as Offaly senior hurling manager for a fourth year at a county board meeting last night. The three-time All-Ireland winner has been returned on a one-year term alongside outgoing selectors Pat McLoughney and Brendan Kelly, while Francis Forde of Galway will join the management team as a coach.
COLM COOPER has no interest in resuming his International Rules career against Australia later this month.
"The International Rules just has no appeal for me at the moment. I know guys do enjoy playing it, but I don't have any real interest in it," said the five-time Kerry All Star.
"It wasn't top of my agenda when the club (Dr Crokes) are in the county final," Cooper added. "I played in 2005 and unfortunately for me that was an ill-tempered (series). I just didn't enjoy it that much. It was great to say that you played for Ireland, but we were comprehensively beaten."
NEW Monaghan football boss Eamon McEneaney has urged the Farney's elder brigade to play on for one one season, despite their fury over how outgoing manager Seamus McEnaney was effectively ousted.
"I'll be encouraging the older players to have another look at it before stepping away.
"You're long enough retired and if the team becomes successful after you've left, that is a bitter pill to swallow," said McEneaney, who was ratified on Monday night.
"I've worked with some of the players before and I have a rapport with them. Unless they physically can't continue or can't give the necessary commitment, I hope they'll give it another shot."