Experimental Dubs tops as Gavin raps GAA’s ‘short sightedness’

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Experimental Dubs tops as Gavin raps GAA’s ‘short sightedness’

Dublin football manager Jim Gavin has accused the GAA of being “short sighted” with regard to proposed cuts in funding to the capital.

The GAA’s National Financial Management Committee have reportedly recommended a cut to Dublin’s allocation of central funds for coaching and games development.

Former county chairman Andy Kettle had publicly stated his strong opposition to any cuts in funding before passing away recently.

The proposed reduction in Dublin’s funding is in line with suggestions made by top GAA officials that a form of ‘equalisation’ may be required to give weaker counties a leg up financially. Dublin secretary John Costello hit out at the suggestions in his annual report released in late 2014 and Gavin revealed after yesterday’s Dubs Stars annual challenge he feels the same.

“This is very disappointing and is short sightedness on the part of the financial review committee who have proposed to cut funding.

“Andy was very strong on this at the time.”

The issue of funding Dublin from central funds has come strongly into focus since the county signed a high profile sponsorship deal with global insurance giants AIG.

“There were some comments in the summer in terms of the financial clout Dublin have and it having a direct correlation with the senior county team’s success,” continued Gavin.

“Most of that goes back into the clubs. I and any of the managers in Dublin have a very strict budget and outside of that, like, we do no overseas camps, take very little camps away. It surprised me (the funding suggestion). I suppose it’s a lack of understanding on some people’s behalf.”

Gavin presided over a big win for a highly experimental Dublin side in the annual Dubs Stars challenge in Coolock.

They started slowly and trailed 1-4 to 0-8 at half-time but delivered a stunning 1-17 in the second-half. Donabate’s Niall Collins shot 1-4 while All-Ireland U-21 medallist Conor McHugh impressed with 1-2.

Gavin was joined on the sideline by new Dublin forwards coach Jason Sherlock.

“Our forward line was good last year but we need to improve it and in aspects of our game, both offensively and defensively, and that’s the reason Jason has been brought in,” said Gavin.

Dublin begin their O’Byrne Cup campaign on Sunday with a home tie against NUI Maynooth.

Gavin will be without eight players due to college commitments: David Byrne, Brian Fenton, Robbie McDaid, Jack McCaffrey, Davy Byrne, Conor McHugh, Eric Lowndes and Ciaran Reddin. He expects to have established names including Stephen Cluxton, Dean Rock and Eoghan O’Gara available for the tie.

But there’s still no word on whether veteran forward Alan Brogan will continue his career.

Scorers for Dublin: N Collins (1-4), C McHugh (1-2), S Carthy (two 45s) and Davy Byrne (0-4 each), H Dawson (0-3), B Fenton (0-2), D Daly and T Brady (0-1 each).

Scorers for Dubs Stars: D McLoughlin (1-4), G Burke (0-3), G Smith, K McManamon, N Scully (one free) and C Walsh (0-1 each).

DUBLIN: L Molloy; E Culligan, David Byrne, D Daly; E Lowndes, J Small, N Devereux; D Bastick, C Reddin; Davy Byrne, S Carthy, T Brady; C McHugh, H Dawson, N Collins.

Subs used: B Fenton, S Currie, A Watters, S Lowndes, M Fitzsimons.

DUBS STARS: M Savage; R O’Connor, J Curley, H Gill; M Sweeney, R McGowan, M Concarr; D O’Mahoney, C Dunleavy; G Burke, K McManamon, N Scully; D McLoughlin, G Smith, C Walsh.

Subs used: C O’Gara, A Foley.

Referee: D Feeney (Parnell’s).

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