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The Westmeath Jersey Scandal Is Shameful To Say The Least

The Westmeath County Board have been the topic of much controversy since minor hurling manager Johnny Greville broke the news via Twitter that the county had withdrawn from the All-Ireland Minor ‘B’ Championship due to the fact that they had no jerseys to play in.

Greville originally broke the news yesterday, via the tweet below, that the Westmeath county board had withdrawn their minor hurling team from this year’s All-Ireland minor ‘B’ championship.

According to boss Greville, they were withdrawn as punishment for their players swapping (or keeping) their jerseys following the Leinster semi-final defeat to Dublin.

Subsequently, the Westmeath County Board responded to Greville’s statements sighting ”inaccuracies which require correction” as their reason for doing so.

The county board’s statement read that Westmeath did not enter this year’s All-Ireland ‘B’ championship as they feel that ”the base for progress is through the highest grade of championship proper.”

However, after being eliminated against Dublin in Leinster and being given the opportunity to partake in a ‘B’ championship that would give these young players more experience and game-time, the county board’s statement is nothing short of senseless.

The Westmeath County Board remain adamant that they did not enter this year’s ‘B’ competition.

”To that extent, Westmeath GAA did not enter a Minor team in this year’s B Championship….Hence the question of us pulling out of a Championship that we did not enter is disingenious.”

As regards the jersey matter, the county board admitted that a set of jerseys went missing after the minor semi-final defeat to Dublin, which they feel was ”unacceptable”.

”There has to be pride in wearing ones colours and we expect all players who represent Westmeath to have pride in them and retain their colours at all times.”

Statement received from Westmeath GAA this evening. pic.twitter.com/Z80Ny7YghN

— westmeathgaaofficial (@westmeath_gaa) July 21, 2015

Westmeath manager and Raharney clubman, Greville, has since responded to the county board’s staement citing a major lack of communication as being the prime reason for this controversy.

pic.twitter.com/XDOzUqBAxU

— johnny greville (@GrevilleJohnny) July 21, 2015

Although, there is a big difference between senior inter-county teams and minor inter-county teams, the GAA is at a significant crossroads.

After revelations yesterday that Dublin players have food receipts refunded, provided it’s healthy food they are eating, to the embarrassing conflict in Westmeath over a set of jerseys, the margin of professionalism within the GAA is increasing rapidly.

One would have to question, are many county boards, nationwide, being run in the right manner?

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Seán Ó Murchú, Pundit Arena

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