A new Players Association was launched in Belfast last night, with support mainly from Ulster footballers although it is intended to have members from all counties and to include hurlers as well. Players will pay a £40 membership fee, there will be a professional administrator and the most immediate aim is to get an improvement in the players' insurance scheme before next year's championships. Other goals include the establishment of a third level scholarship scheme and the arranging of "appropriate

opportunities" with commercial entities for the benefit of members, although pay-for-play is NOT on the agenda.

In other gaelic games news the Galway football manager John O'Mahony has decided to stay on for a third year. He lead the county to All Ireland success last year.