Tipp ladies in crisis as 19 players leave panel

Tipperary manager John Leahy is planning for the Munster and All-Ireland Intermediate Ladies Football championships without 19 players.

Tipp ladies in crisis as 19 players leave panel

Former Tipp hurling star Leahy dropped five leading stars from his panel last month and 14 others have now quit the panel.

Leahy brought a severely depleted team to Dublin for the recent National Football League Division 3 semi-final against Armagh.

Having lost by just two points to the Orchard County earlier in the campaign, Tipp suffered a crushing 40-point defeat at St Peregrine’s (9-15 to 0-2).

Armagh’s win came shortly after Tipperary LGFA chairman Tommie Campbell addressed players at a meeting held in Moyle Rovers GAA club.

Some younger players were left in tears as sources present at the meeting described a ‘confrontational’ stance adopted by Campbell, with players not afforded the opportunity to voice their views.

It has since emerged that players from Aherlow, Galtee Rovers, Brian Borus, Moycarkey, Ardfinnan and Cahir have quit the county squad. Barbara Ryan, a member of the Moyle Rovers club, captained the team that faced Armagh but Leahy was left frantically scrambling for numbers as he assembled a scratch panel. Bríd and Siobhán Condon, Claire Mullins and Rachel Kenneally are players from the Aherlow club who have left the Tipp panel.

Kelly Hackett from the Moycarkey-Borris club is one of the five players originally dropped and her cousin Maeve has quit in protest. Cahir’s Aisling O’Connor, Brian Borus pair Aoife O’Dwyer and Emer Myles and Galtee Rovers trio Claire Carroll, Edith Carroll and Alison Lonergan are also gone. Kelly Hackett, 2013 All Star nominee Máiread Morrissey, vice-captain Jennifer Grant, Patricia Hickey and Samantha Lambert were the five players originally dropped by Leahy, sparking a wider mass exodus. Neither Campbell nor Leahy have commented publicly on the matter but Premier County officials are anticipating questions from disgruntled club delegates this evening. A full board meeting is scheduled for Cashel at 8pm but sources indicated that a discussion on the intermediate set-up is the seventh item on this evening’s agenda.

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