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Mayo’s training camp in Portugal is off

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Mayo’s training camp in Portugal is off



Mike Finnerty

THE Mayo senior football squad will not be travelling to Portugal for a six-day training camp as planned next week after it was discovered that the trip would have been in breach of GAA regulations.
The county panel and team management were due to depart for Brown’s resort in Vilamoura next Sunday, May 9, and return in time for a challenge match against Cavan in Belmullet on Saturday, May 15.
However, Mayo GAA Chairman, James Waldron, one of the main organisers of the trip, learned earlier this week that a ruling brought in over two years ago, as part of the GAA’s measures aimed at tackling burn out and affording more time to club fixtures, meant that the training camp had to be cancelled.
It is framed under the heading, ‘Inter County Players Availability to Clubs’ and states: ‘Riail 6.23 (b) provides that Senior Inter County Panels shall not be permitted to go on Training Weekends or training of longer duration after the Final of their respective National League having been played, except during the 13 days prior to a Senior Championship Game (20 days in the case of an All Ireland Final).’
The cancelled training camp will be a source of major disappointment for the Mayo management and players as plans and travel preparations were at an advanced stage.
A fund-raising golf classic was also being organised by members of the Mayo GAA Supporters Clubs in Mayo, Galway and Dublin to help defray the costs of the trip and raise funds for the 2010 championship campaign.
It is not yet clear if the golf competition will still go ahead later this month in Claremorris.

Donegal Challenge
MEANWHILE, Mayo will take on Donegal in a senior football challenge this Friday evening, May 7, at Glenfin GAA club (between Ballybofey and Glenties).
The match is being played to mark the opening of Glenfin’s new facilities and throws-in at 7.30pm.