Thursday 22 March 2018

"I'm not yet equipped for telepathy" - Westmeath minor boss reignites missing jersey row

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Westmeath minor hurling manager Johnny Greville's claim that his team have been withdrawn from the All-Ireland 'B' Championship because there are no jerseys available to them has been vehemently denied by County Board chairman Sean Sheridan.

Greville took to Twitter last night to voice his frustration that they wouldn't be contesting the competition due to a dearth of jerseys and called for greater respect for hurling in the county. But Sheridan said under no circumstances is that the case, outlining that they were never going to enter the 'B' competition after progressing to the Leinster semi-final against Dublin.

Sheridan confirmed that most of the players swapped jerseys with Dublin players after that game which was against board policy. "If it was a for a final we would have no problem with them swapping the jerseys," he explained. "But we don't allow swaps for underage teams otherwise.

"We were never entered in the 'B' competition. Croke Park will back that up. If we were we would have got jerseys for them. I'm disappointed with Johnny for putting it into the public domain when it isn't the case."

Westmeath withdrew from last year's 'B' Championship before a semi-final with Meath when it emerged that jerseys went missing after a minor game in Armagh. The board took a decision to take the team out of the competition and Sheridan said last night they were credited by Croke Park for that disciplined stance.

Greville has since issued a response to the statement from the County Board.

He said that he had requested that the team be entered in the 'B' championship at the start of the year and had never been told that this wasn't the case.

In his statement, he said: "The Count Board may have to revise their communication strategy as I am not yet equipped for telepathy/mind reading."

He finished by saying that the minor players were being unfairly blamed for the debacle.

Read his statement in full below:

Irish Independent

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