Tuesday, December 9, 2008

IHL refixtures cause Annadale headache

The IHL have confirmed the times and venues for this weekend’s refixed games after the recent abandonments due to the frost.

Each venue has gone for an afternoon tip-off this Sunday in a bid to beat the cold snap. The IHL committee has also confirmed that all games will start from 0-0.

This decision has not sat well with Annadale who have hit out at this decision after they led 4-1 in Coolnafranky against Ulster champions Cookstown in the third quarter before the umpires deemed the underfoot conditions dangerous as a result of the sub-zero conditions.

A press release from the Annadale IHL Committee said of the decision: “The IHL (committee) confirmed there is no precise rule for the treatment of abandoned games.

“We are concerned that this decision is not in the best interests of the progress and development of the IHL, a league which we have welcomed as part of the strategic development of Irish hockey.

“Comparisons have been made in the decision to other Irish hockey competitions, but it did not take into account the impact of the bonus point rule, nor is it totally clear what will happen if such a situation was to occur during a finals weekend.

"We are also concerned at financial implications for re-arranged matches, particularly for those with extended journeys and overnight expense.

“The IHL is a club league. We feel that this is a matter for all clubs in Ireland and they must be represented and have an input to these important decisions, rules and regulations for the future development of the IHL.”

The Belfast club cited that in the EuroHockey League (EHL) — which the match format variations for the IHL has largely been based on — matches are resumed from the point they were stopped, with the scoreline from the abandoned encounter intact.

However, an IHL spokesperson told the Munster blog, Southern Fried, over the weekend that while they were very sympathetic towards Annadale’s situation, the decision was made in line with regulations governing other Irish hockey competitions.

The spokesperson added that the EHL is played in a tournament format — where all teams compete together at one location — which facilitates re-starting abandoned matches from where they were stopped, while the IHL’s league format restricts this.

IHL Round 2 Schedule (Sunday):
Monkstown v Lisnagarvey, 3pm, Rathdown; Fingal v TRR, 1pm, ALSAA; Cookstown v Annadale, 2.30pm, Coolnafranky; Loreto v Pegasus, 3pm, Beaufort; UCD v Ballymoney, 3pm, Belfield; Instonians v Pembroke Wanderers, 3.15pm, Shawsbridge


Anonymous said...

Fair point made by the Annadale crew. The IHL need to get the facts/rules sorted and in plain english. No hiding behind grey areas in the rules. Cover the points required. Game stopped after 40mins will continue at that point and score till the full 70 mins have been played.

Anonymous said...

Who will the IHL. Lets get the votes in early so you said you called it from the start. My money is on Three Rock to retain it.

Anonymous said...

hard to retain the IHL seeing as its in it's inaugural year

Anonymous said...

What's the weather forecast for this weekend? Likely to be frozen once again?

charlie said...

Agree with first point, if a match has played over half,it should be replayed from that point forward with the scoreline as it was at the point of abandonment.
Does anyone know what happens in other sports?
Annadale should not have to replay the entire game, thats a joke, any team in the country would be bitter about that.
Comments on Div 2 refix, Branch also getting slated but think its the correct decision, maybe Navan should have been given more notice, like play sunday?

Anonymous said...

Charlie is talking complete sense. The problem with the Navan/Clontarf game is that Clontarf are playing Mills Cup on Sunday 14th and a League game on the 13th. This rules out thursday 11th and tues 16th really because three matches in four days simply isn't feasable. Only logical day was last night to have it played within the 15 days. A bit unfortunate on Navan admittedly but the weather isn't getting any better in a hurry and I feel that the Branch acted very efficiently in trying to manage an ever increasing fixtures backlog.

We trained last night on a pitch that showed all the signs of being completely frozen and not one person slipped all night. I feel that these modern pitches all react differently and I hope that umpires display a little common sense over the coming weeks. I COMPLETELY agree that when a pitch becomes dangerous the match should be halted immediately, but a bit of frost or a slight surface hardening should be assessed properly by the umpires before pulling the plug.

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