Sunday 18 March 2018

Mayo board stick to guns

LADIES football administrators are considering their options after the Mayo County Board again voted not to field a team in this year's TG4 Connacht and All-Ireland senior championships.

On May 20, Mayo delegates voted 26-5 to pull the team out of the two competitions.

Talks between players and county Board officials took place last weekend, but little progress was made. And at their latest gathering on Monday, board delegates voted 28-9 in favour of withdrawing.

The board have written to Croke Park and it is understood that the National Ladies Gaelic Football Association are considering a response.

Mayo's absence robs the championship of the winners from 1999, 2000, 2002 and 2003.

The competition will also be poorer for the absence of Cora Staunton, arguably the greatest player ever to play the ladies game.

The impasse arose following a 1-22 to 0-6 NFL defeat to champions Cork in April. Mayo's players held a meeting to discuss the mauling, before meeting with then manager Pat Costello.

On April 18, a week after the Cork defeat, Costello tendered his resignation, claiming he had been constantly undermined by some players.

Mayo delegates attempted unsuccessfully to get Costello to reconsider, advising that he should remove any players undermining the team.

Since then, leading players have furiously rejected the board's allegations that some members of the panel were causing trouble within the camp.

Irish Independent

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