Sligo GAA have confirmed they will not field a team at this year’s U-20 hurling championship as planned, citing mixed commitments from squad members for the withdrawal.
A statement released late Tuesday night said the county was struggling to put together a roster due to “a small game pool” and “other player demands … from other hurl commitments, college, etc.”, adding that the team could not adequately prepare for this year’s competition.
As a result, Sligo now give a free-kick to Derry, who they were drawn against in the first round of next weekend’s competition.
“This is not a decision we ever wanted to make and we do so with regret,” said Sligo chairman Sean Carroll.
“But after talking to the team management, we had no other choice. It’s a real shame because it’s exactly the kind of competition we’d love to be in, to attract players for the benefit of clubs and national teams.”
https://www.independent.ie/sport/gaelic-games/u-20-hurling/sligo-pull-out-of-under-20-hurling-championship-41501590.html Sligo withdraw from U20 hurling championship