GPA defiant after cash blow from sponsor
The Gaelic Players Association looks set to lose one of its triumvirate of key sponsors after Bank of Scotland's decision to scale down its Irish operation.
The closure of the bank's retail business under the Halifax brand could directly affect the players' body's twinning programme and fair play scheme which Halifax sponsor. But even if they do lose the sponsorship the association are determined to press on with both schemes.
The twinning programme has been up and running for two years now and involves linking some of the hurling teams in the country with some of the game's minnows.
Shared information, regular visits and clinics hosted by top players in the counties where they are twinned form the basis of one of the GPA's most successful initiatives.