Galway GAA have paid tribute to champions St Thomas' for volunteering to play Gort in the semi-final of the senior hurling championship next weekend.

Gort were due to be thrown out of the competition and face hefty fines after refusing to play their re-fixed semi-final clash with neighbours St Thomas’.

Gort wanted a fortnight break after one of their players tested positive for Covid-19 last Friday week and several of their players had to isolate and go for Covid tests and they threatened to appeal any decision to throw them out of the competition.

Now weeks of boardroom wrangling have avoided after St Thomas’, bidding for four-in-a-row, volunteered to play the match next weekend, with the winners going on to play Clarinbridge in the final in a game which is now likely to take place on Sunday week, 28 November.

"The semi-final fixture will go ahead next weekend following a proposal received from St Thomas’ earlier today (SUN). Gort GAA club have agreed to this proposal," said a statement from Galway GAA.

"Galway GAA CCC are happy to facilitate the proposal and we thank St Thomas’ for their generous gesture which allows the senior championship to proceed without further delay."

The match will be fixed for next Saturday or Sunday and the date for the county final will also be decided.

The resolution follows intense behind the scenes discussions over the weekend between the various parties.