Thursday 18 January 2018

Walsh's Rules move has opened floodgates -- Nixon

It has become a lot easier to attract top Gaelic footballers to Aussie Rules because of the downturn in the Irish economy, according to scout Ricky Nixon.

Nixon, in Dublin yesterday to explain to the media about the recruitment process, admitted that it isn't difficult to persuade young GAA stars to think about giving the AFL a try.

"Tommy Walsh coming... I have not had a kid who has turned me down since Tommy came out. Whether you see that as significant or not, I don't know. I do. It has probably opened the floodgates for players," he revealed.

Nixon, who will be at this weekend's Sigerson Cup climax, will hold a training camp for AFL aspirants this summer, with up to 25 young footballers in attendance.

Meanwhile, Kerry were still awaiting word last night on Paul Galvin's attempt to have the severity of his eight-week ban reduced.

Galvin was sent off on a straight red card during Kerry's opening league game against Cork. That carried an automatic four-week ban, but CCCC recommended that it be doubled as it was his second similar offence inside a year.

Tyrone boss Mickey Harte has again slammed the GAA's disciplinary system in the wake of Joe McMahon's failure to get his recent red card rescinded by the Central Hearings Committee (CHC) -- in the process sparking a war of words with Mayo boss John O'Mahony.

The Tyrone manager was also scathing of Peadar Gardiner's role in McMahon's controversial sending-off -- prompting his Mayo counterpart O'Mahony to respond that "people in glass houses don't throw stones".

McMahon was red-carded for raising his hands as Mayo vice-captain Gardiner came charging towards him during the counties' recent NFL Division 1 clash. TV replays suggested there was minimal force in the resultant collision, but Gardiner went to ground in a dramatic manner.

"What he (Gardiner) did has been condoned by the CHC," Harte argued. "They are effectively saying: 'That is a good thing to do'."

Elsewhere, David O'Callaghan is back in the Dublin hurling team for tomorrow's clash against Tipperary at Parnell Park. The other alteration sees Simon Lambert replace Joey Boland at midfield, while corner-forward Alan McCrabbe is again included, despite being on crutches earlier in the week after being stretchered off against Waterford.

  • Both MacRory Cup semi-finals scheduled for this weekend have been postponed.

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