Termon’s Boyle may not be able to play in the Sigerson Cup for DCU in 2013 owing to a ruling from the GAA’s Higher Education Board in October that states players who have studied more than two college courses cannot play in third level competition.
Boyle is deemed to be on his third college course and had his appeal to the
Central Appeals Committee to play for Dublin City University (DCU) turned down last week. He and Cork centre-fielder Aidan Walsh, who is also at the university, are now taking his appeal further to the Disputes Resolution Authority (DRA).
Boyle is deemed to be on his third college course having dropped out of a course at Letterkenny Institute of Technology before studying in Limavady College of Further Education as a precursor to his studies in DCU.
Brian McEniff, who gave Boyle his senior inter-county debut when the goalkeeper was just 17 years of age, believes the ruling goes against the ethos of third level football.
“It goes definitely against the grain [of the GAA],” said McEniff to DCU’s
radio station DCUfm, “I think the rule definitely goes against all that is
good about third level football
“I’m very disappointed that Michael Boyle cannot play for his college over a rule that seems to be very much a nit-picking rule. I don’t think the rule is of any great benefit going forward.”
Cork manager Conor Counihan last week expressed his concern that the new rule would hamper the development of his All-Star Walsh and McEniff feels that the GAA need to revise the rule for the good of players.
“I would feel that they should take a look at it because as I said lads only go to college for those few years-they build up a bond with lads that lasts a lifetime’, said the 1992 All-Ireland wining manager. “And I don’t think they should be precluded from participating in that whether it is Sigerson Cup level or any other level.
“It’s very very sad if Michael is stopped from playing Sigerson football. He’s a very good footballer and a very good guy as well.”