Senior hurling championship on hold

Turloughmore have been thrown out of the Galway SHC for a second time, but the dispute which brought the county championship to a standstill shows no sign of coming to an end.

There are fears now that the Galway championship, which has produced 12 of the last 23 All-Ireland club champions, will not be finished in the calendar year.

Turloughmore were effectively thrown out of the title race when it was deemed that they had used a player who was ineligible because he had also lined out in the New York championship.

The result of the group match against Beagh was reversed, resulting in Beagh now being scheduled to play Ardrahan in the quarter-finals.

But Galway GAA officials have not scheduled that match as they anticipate Turloughmore will lodge another appeal to the Connacht Council decision.

All-Ireland champions Portumna have reached the final, but Ardrahan, who drew with Turloughmore in the quarter-finals before this storm erupted, are still waiting opponents, while Gort have qualified for the last four.

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