Secretary Expresses Concern For Dates Made Available For Club Competitions

Thursday, 15 December 2016

In her first report to the North Board convention, Marian Minehan expressed concern on the amount of dates made available for club hurling and football competitions during 2016.

She said that the adult fixtures will come to an end on December 18th with the replay of the U-21A North Final. '2016 was a very busy year at inter-county level which impacted greatly on dates available for club fixtures. While success at All-Ireland level was achieved by both Senior and Minor hurlers and our footballers also reaching All Ireland semi Finals, the summer months were taken up in waiting to see the outcome from game to game. The one good result of the year was the U-21 hurling championship which was played in reasonably good weather for the first time in a long time.

The past year has been a very busy year for all of us but a little disappointing with only one County title coming to our division, Congratulations to all our championship winners,' she said.

'We succeeded reasonably well in meeting our deadline for fixtures.

'This is my first report as Secretary of the Board and while others feel privileged to have been given the chance to serve I feel lucky to have survived. I would not have managed without the enormous help from by predecessor Eugene Ryan who took phone calls and queries morning, noon and night. Thanks to all club officials for their co-operation and the courtesy shown to me even when, at times, decisions may not always have been what the clubs had wanted. 



'The fixtures problems have received much publicity in the media for a number of years and 2016 was no different. The progress of all of our county teams, Minor Hurling and Senior Hurling and the Footballers, caused a big delay in completing some competitions. While all our County Finals were completed in time to be ready for Munster Club dates, our under 21A competition suffered with pressure been put on the CCC to nominate, we just managed to play our North Final on Saturday 3rd December and having to play in a Co Semi Final on Sunday the 4th was not the ideal way to have to do things but we were left with no option.


Competitions Control Committee

'We hear many complaints from different quarters about the fixtures problem and very often, the easy option is to blame the CCC. The CCC is responsible for arranging fixtures but the CCC does not decide the system for running our championships. This decision is made by the club delegates attending County and North Board meetings. When the systems are decided on, then the CCC is tasked with the unenviable job of arranging fixtures. At divisional level, our fixtures are governed in a big way by what progress is made by county teams and also by decisions made at county level. Our divisional CCC met practically every week during the year and all the members of the committee are to be complimented for their efforts.



'The standard of discipline in games in our division remains reasonably good; Red Cards are well down on last year.


Games Presentation

'While some improvements have been made in this area in recent years we are still a long way from what should be acceptable. The County CCC has introduced sanctions for breach of presentation regulations and I feel we must follow this example and draw up our own regulations similar to the ones implemented at County level. When any of our clubs qualify for county championships, especially in Semple Stadium, they have to abide by regulations so it makes sense to have the same regulations at our games.

'I would like to remind clubs of a number of issues in relation to games which need to be adhered to.

Clubs must use proper slips when introducing substitutes during a game. Some clubs have a tendency to write the name of substitutes on the first scrap of paper they can find.

'The team sheet should contain the number which each player is wearing on the day. It should also list the names of the team mentors. For under-age games (minor and under 21) the dates of birth of each player must be listed.

'When team sheets are available on the day of a game, all players must wear the correct numbers as per the team sheet.

'Most clubs are doing these things correctly, but there have been a number of occasions this year when things were not done properly.



'Thanks to our loyal band of referees who provide such a good service to us .We have 29 referees in total helping us this year. However, four clubs in the division do not have any referee. I ask those clubs to make every effort to recruit at least one new referee in the coming year. Recruitment is in February 2017. All clubs should show proper respect for our officials at all times. Our referees put in a lot of time and effort preparing for games and they certainly don't deserve the harsh treatment to which they are sometimes subjected to. During the year two of our referees had a serious setback. I would like to wish both referees the very best and hope to see both back on the field in 2017.



'The Premier Plan was launched four years ago and some clubs are still waiting to complete their plans. I ask clubs to treat this as a matter of urgency at this quiet time of the year. We should aim to have all club plans completed in 2017.


Child Protection

'Our Children's officer is appointed by the Board each year and we are extremely lucky to have Cora Moroney who is doing such a fine job in this position. All clubs should be well aware of their responsibilities in this area and ensure that the proper policies are implemented within their club. It is up to the Senior Clubs to appoint a Children's Officer, all clubs must have an up to date Health and Safety Statement and have it on display in their club facilities.


Property Insurance

'All clubs must be very diligent when it comes to property insurance. Clubs must carry out regular checks to their property to help avoid unnecessary accidents through carelessness. Clubs must make sure that if other organisations are using their premises, they must first produce their own insurance. The best advice is to demand a copy of the organisation's insurance before admitting them to the club premises. It is also important that each club has checked insurance policy for any fund raising that may be happening and that all aspects of it are covered.'


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