Monday 23 October 2017

Crisis talks fail to ease unrest of Tipp ladies

Mairead Morrissey, Tipperary
Mairead Morrissey, Tipperary

Jackie Cahill

A number of Tipperary players were allegedly left in tears following crisis talks with the county's ladies football board and team management last Friday evening.

Tipperary LGFA chairman Tommie Campbell addressed squad members following revelations that team manager John Leahy had axed five leading players from the panel.

Former Tipperary hurling star Leahy dropped 2013 All Star nominee Mairead Morrissey, vice-captain Jennifer Grant, Patricia Hickey, Samantha Lambert and Kelly Hackett recently after players expressed concerns about the quality of training sessions.

Campbell convened a meeting at the Moyle Rovers club last Friday but sources have indicated that players were not given the opportunity to express their views.

One of the players present stated that Campbell adopted a "confrontational" stance as he expressed full support for Leahy and his management team.

Some players present, however, have confirmed that some of the younger members of the squad were visibly upset and in tears during the meeting.

And it is understood that Leahy trained with just nine players on Sunday morning ahead of next Sunday's showdown with Armagh, having been forced to cancel a session last week due to lack of numbers.

It is believed that Leahy has added a number of other players from Campbell's club Moyle Rovers to his squad but none of the players who were dropped are part of his plans for the clash with the Orchard County.

And some of Tipperary's leading stars, who walked out of last Friday's meeting, were planning to contact Ladies Gaelic Football Association officials in Dublin in attempt to find a resolution to the ongoing impasse.

Irish Independent

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