County secretary Dominic McCaughey has spoken out about the treatment of Derrytresk by some elements of the media in his address to the county convention.
McCaughey began by paying tribute to the Derrytresk club on their on the field achievements in the previous year but criticise some elements of the media for their coverage of the semi final between Derrytresk and Dromid Pearses of Kerry.
“Finally, it is appropriate to record the significant achievement by Derrytresk that won the Ulster Junior football championship at the end of last year and then represented the county in the All-Ireland series.
“The Club’s remarkable success in winning the Ulster title and then the All Ireland semi-final against Kerry and Munster champions Dromid was greatly overshadowed by the scenes of serious indiscipline which occurred at Portlaoise.
“The Derrytresk players and officials accepted that they were to blame for some of the misbehaviour that occurred on the pitch and met the charges laid before them in a responsible manner, with the inevitable outcome of lengthy suspensions being imposed.
“However, the Club was deeply disappointed that others who were involved in the fracas that took place were not dealt with in a similar manner.
“It was felt that some sections of the media took a less than impartial view of the acts of indiscipline in Portlaoise, with one broadcasting company even devoting part of a live phone-in programme to the Junior championship game, which may well have jeaopardised the club’s right to a fair disciplinary hearing.”
In spite of the outcome of these events McCaughey paid tribute to the attitude of the club in preparing for their All Ireland final.
“Having accepted the suspensions imposed on a number of its players, the club prepared for and participated in the All-Ireland final in Croke Park against Galway and Connacht champions Clonbur.
“In an outstanding and exciting game of football Derrytresk’s depleted team lost out by the narrowest margin on a scoreline of 1-07 to 1-08.”