Monday 19 February 2018

Quill happy to maintain the sideline status quo

WHILE debate currently rages over the decision to limit GAA teams to five personnel on the sideline, ladies football president Pat Quill is happy that existing regulations in their game are sufficient.

"We allow seven people on the sideline, we have had that rule for a long, long time. The GAA would have had far more than that," he said.

"We'd have the manager and selectors, obviously, and somebody who's doing physio or whatever the case may be, and somebody on the medical side.

"Seven is the maximum, we feel that is adequate. If there is more than that on a management team then some would have to go in the stand."

Quill was speaking at the launch of the Tesco Homegrown National Leagues, which begin this weekend. The president was pleased that a sponsor had been found for the leagues following Bord Gais Energy's departure.

"We're delighted to have such a prestigious company on board," he said.


"They're already sponsoring the post-primary school competitions, the All-Ireland seven-a-sides, the club championships and the club person of the year award, so this is an extension of that.

"I think it shows the esteem in which ladies football is held that a company like Tesco was willing to come on board. It's not easy, there are not that many companies out there that will give quality sponsorship."

The standout Division 1 tie on Saturday sees Monaghan host Cork in a repeat of last year's final. Monaghan manager Gregory McGonigle is relishing the challenge that his side will face.

"You have to play them at some stage in the league, thankfully we don't have a trip to Cork," McGonigle said.

"You'd probably prefer to play them first and see how it goes, they are the barometer for everybody else.

"We've never really feared Cork, we'd have huge respect for them for all the success they've had; the worst thing is that they're a nice set of girls as well, so you can't hate them!

"It should make for a great game on Saturday."

Irish Independent

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