The Central Hearings Committee of the GAA last night ruled that Swinford GAA club were in breach of the rules in playing a suspended player in their final league game of the season in Division 1C of the Mayo Senior League.
Swinford had appealed an earlier decision by the Mayo County Board to overturn the result of their match against Bonniconlon and award the points to the North Mayo club. The County Board found Swinford had made an error in playing a player who had been dismissed in a previous Division 1C game, but Swinford were then successful in an appeal to Connacht GAA to have that decision over-ruled.
However, last night in Croke Park, the Competition Hearings Committee ruled that the decision of the Mayo County Board was correct and should stand. The decision has implications for the current quagmire in Division 1C of the Mayo League, as the points awarded to Bonniconlon leave them on ten points, and free from any relegation worries, but will send Swinford into Division 1D as they end the season on six points. It also means that with Louisburgh and Castlebar B both now on eight points, the final placing of the two teams will be settled as per league rules, via the head to head result between the clubs involved. Louisburgh beat Castlebar B earlier in the campaign on a scoreline of 2-14 to 0-6.
Swinford have the right to appeal this latest decision to DRA.