Wexford panels refused funding for warm weather training

WEXFORD GAA chiefs have ruled out requests for warm weather training camps from their senior squads due to the economic downturn.

The Board, which reported a loss of e250,000 last year, received applications from the hurling and football panels to fund a week in Portugal which would have a combined cost in excess of e45,000.

The County Management Committee refused, instead approving an allocation of e3,000 to both camps should they wish to avail of a weekend training stay in Clonea on the Waterford coast.

Former chairman, Sean Quirke, said he supported the decision adding that monies for any training camps in Ireland should be spent in Wexford where sufficient facilities are available. Chairman Ger Doyle agreed, stressing every alternative would be looked at.

The financial requests did not end there, as the county senior hurlers, who having lost heavily to Antrim, are seeking the provision of a video stats machine similar to that used by the Irish rugby team at a cost of e16,000 to e24,000. The Chairman said they had one presentation on the technology but would have a second presentation before a decision is made.

Meanwhile, Wexford attacker Barry Lambert has been ruled out of this year’s championship, having recently undergone an operation on a troublesome shoulder.

Wexford Manager Colm Bonnar has resigned himself to being without his ace corner-forward and freetaker.

Bonnar said: “Barry is recuperating from a shoulder operation. Really given the extent of the problem he’ll not be under consideration for this year.”

Galway hurlers could be dealt another big blow this week as they anxiously wait to establish the extent of a serious knee injury to promising full-back Ciaran O’Donovan. The Athenry clubman, one of the new players to impress after being drafted in by John McIntyre and his selectors, suffered the injury in the M Donnelly inter-pro final against Leinster in Abu Dhabi at the weekend. An U-21 with Galway last year, O’Donovan had impressed in limited game-time to date but could now face a lengthy spell on the sidelines.

Selector John Moylan said they were waiting to establish the extent of the injury but O’Donovan was definitely out of Sunday’s clash with Limerick at Pearse Stadium.

“It is a matter of waiting until the swelling goes down before the extent of the injury can be established,” said Moylan after the squad trained in Ballinasloe yesterday morning. Galway have already suffered a serious of blows to their backline this year with full-back Damian McClearn set to miss most of the league through suspension having been sent off against Dublin, while centre-back John Lee has opted out to concentrate on his medical studies.

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