Wednesday 13 December 2017

Westmeath GAA chiefs to investigate hotel incident after Division Four final win

8 April 2017; Gaelic footballs lie on the pitch before the Allianz Football League Division 3 Final match between Louth and Tipperary at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by Ray McManus/Sportsfile
8 April 2017; Gaelic footballs lie on the pitch before the Allianz Football League Division 3 Final match between Louth and Tipperary at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by Ray McManus/Sportsfile
Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Westmeath GAA is conducting an investigation into an incident involving a member of its senior football panel alleged to have taken place in a Mullingar hotel in the early hours of Monday morning.

The county board, through its chairman Sean Sheridan, issued a statement in response to local media reports. Westmeath were crowned Allianz Division 4 champions in Croke Park on Saturday afternoon with an emphatic win over Wexford.

"The county executive are conducting a full and thorough investigation into the incident and will take whatever action is appropriate when all the facts have been established," the statement read.

Meanwhile, clubs in Tyrone are angered over having to shift scheduled league matches because of a training camp being organised for the county team on the weekend after next.

Round three of the ACFL was slated for Sunday week, but was then brought back to next Tuesday before being fixed again for Thursday night next.

Omagh St Enda's are calling for the matches to be postponed because it doesn't suit some of their players to travel across to Ardboe in the east of the county on that night.

The GAA's rules prevent training camps from happening once the league finals have been wrapped up, unless they take place within 13 days of a Championship game, or 20 days in respect of an All-Ireland final.

Former star Philip Jordan has been vocal in his criticism of the move.

In Mayo, Jason Gibbons is the highest-profile casualty so far as manager Stephen Rochford tightens his squad ahead of the Championship.

Midfielder Gibbons, who has been involved since 2011, started League matches against Roscommon and Dublin.A number of other fringe players including Neil Douglas, Ray O'Malley, Eoghan O'Reilly, Michael Plunkett and Michael Hall have also been released.

Seamus O'Shea and Ger Cafferkey, neither of whom featured in the League, have recently returned to club activity with Breaffy and Ballina.

Monaghan star Darren Hughes could miss the majority of the Ulster Championship after it was confirmed that he had sustained medial ligament damage in a club match at the weekend.

Irish Independent

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