Friday 30 September 2016

'Sledging' would not be tolerated by Dublin - Gavin

Published 30/05/2015 | 02:30

Dublin manager Jim Gavin
Dublin manager Jim Gavin

Dublin manager Jim Gavin has described sledging opponents as "a sign of weakness" and insists he would not tolerate it among his squad.

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"It's not acceptable," said Gavin, who will lead Dublin into the Leinster championship for the third year tomorrow.

He believes that referees should clamp down on players who engage in verbal abuse and that team managers also have a responsibility to sort out a problem that has come to the forefront in recent times.

Gavin's team for tomorrow's Leinster championship includes a newcomer at full-back as David Byrne (St.Olaf's) comes in for the injured Rory O'Carroll.

Brina Fenton (Raheny) also gets the championship call-up after an impressive League campaign. However, it must be stressed that Dublin's named team is subject to pre-match change, as has been the norm under the Gavin regime.

Alan Nolan, Simon Lambert and Danny Sutcliffe return to the Dublin hurling team for the clash with Galway. They missed the League semi-final defeat by Cork last month but are back in place of Gary Maguire, Niall McMorrow and Paul Ryan,

Former captain Fergal Moore is not aboard the Galway team.

On the disciplinary front, Tyrone and Donegal have been hit hard by the Ulster Council arising from incidents as the teams left the pitch in Ballybofey at half-time in the first round championship clash last Sunday week.

Tyrone selector, Gavin Devlin has been banned for eight weeks, while both county boards have been fined €5,000.

An ugly incident erupted as the teams converged on their way to the dressing-rooms after what had been a tense first half.

Meanwhile, the first round of the Westmeath senior club football championship will go ahead as planned this weekend despite the involvement of several players who will be involved with the county's hurling team against Wexford in the Leinster championship tomorrow week.

It's understood that the hurling management were keen to have this weekend free of club activity for all their players but the county board have insisted that the club football progreamme go ahead.

"All this was agreed last February," said county chairman, Sean Sheridan.

Dublin (SF): S Cluxton; J Cooper, D Byrne, P McMahon; D Daly, J Small, J McCaffrey; B Fenton, D Bastick; P Flynn, C Kilkenny, D Connolly; D Rock, K McManamon, B Brogan.

Dublin (SH): A Nolan; C O'Callaghan, P Kelly, P Schutte; S Durkin, C Crummey, C Keaney; J McCaffrey, S Lambert; R O'Dwyer, L Rushe, D Sutcliffe; D O'Callaghan, D Treacy, M Schutte.

Galway (SH): C Callanan; J Coen, J Hansbury, P Mannion; D Collins, I Tannian, G McInerney; J Cooney, A Harte; A Smith, C Donnellan, J Glynn; C Mannion, J Canning, J Flynn.

Antrim (SF): C Kerr; R Johnston, S McVeigh, C Burke; J Crozier, T Scullion, N Delargy; C Murray, M Sweeney; J Laverty, O Gallagher, P McBride; CJ McGourty, M Pollock, R Murray.

Longford (SF): P Collum; D Brady, B O'Farrell; C Farrelly; CP Smyth, B Gilleran, D Masterson; K Diffley, M Quinn; R Connor, R McEntire, P Foy; B McKeon, B Kavanagh, R McNerney.

Antrim (SF): C Kerr; R Johnston, S McVeigh, C Burke; J Crozier, T Scullion, N Delargy; C Murray, M Sweeney; J Laverty, O Gallagher, P McBride; CJ McGourty, M Pollock, R Murray.

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