Ladies football players urged to keep discipline

Ladies Gaelic Football Association president Pat Quill has urged players, officials and managers to behave in a responsible manner as the championship summer approaches.

New guidelines were introduced at LGFA annual congress to clamp down on players feigning injury or attempting to get opponents sin-binned or sent off.

He explained: “There’s an onus on everybody, whether you’re in administration, a player or a manager, whatever the case may be, to play within the rules and to play to as high a standard as possible. But, to be fair to all teams, they do instil the importance of discipline. Otherwise you’re going to be short players. People are made very much aware of that in any meetings we have with county board officials, referees or team management. That whole area is stressed. It’s the image that people that give – their own self-image as much as anything else.”

Meanwhile, Quill admitted he’s not sure how many spectators will travel to Croke Park for Saturday’s Tesco Homegrown National League Division 1, 2 and 3.

He explained: “Some of the counties are travelling a long way – for Cork and Mayo it’s a long journey, the same with Kerry and Galway. It’s a wonderful programme of matches and I know in these harsh economic times that people say, ah we’ll see it on television. This is something that is occasionally thrown back to us but the benefits of TG4 outweigh whatever number don’t attend our games because of the fact that they’re not on live television.”


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