At the Tipperary GAA convention in Thurles last week the Chairman of Semple Stadium Committee, Con Hogan (Marlfield), rejected a suggestion at the recent County Football Board convention of a “division” between the Semple Stadium Committee and the County Board.
He was responding to criticism of the Semple Stadium Committee because the county minor football final was not played in conjunction with the senior final at the stadium, Clonmel Commercials being involved in both games.
Thanking the board and the clubs for the help and co-operation received during the year he said that Semple Stadium caters for a wide range of association activities and that it can be difficult to meet all their needs.
“We very rarely say no to anybody, but when we do it has to be balanced against against the demands of other groups.
“We have to keep the stadium up to the standard of a national stadium and there is a limit to the number of games it can take. The county minor football final was not played with the senior final, but it is very rarely any venue would be asked to stage two games in November. The pitch was in very poor condition at the end of the year and re-seeding and other work had to be carried out,” he added.
He said that he was very disappointed at the attack on Semple Stadium at the County Football Board convention and stressed that there is full co-operation between the County Board and the Semple Stadium Committee.
He added that while the committee had received funding from the County Board, the committee had in turn also made a financial contribution to the County Board.
“It is a pity comments were made which seem to show a divide that does not exist. I would not want anything to be said which would suggest a divide between Semple Stadium Committee and the County Board,” he added.
County Board Chairman Sean Nugent said that there is excellent co-operation between the two bodies.
“We may have issues or problems from time to time, but we always discuss them and work them out. We greatly appreciate the work that voluntary people are doing to keep Semple Stadium in immaculate condition. Some of the comments at the football convention are best consigned to history,” he concluded.
The county’s senior hurlers will be taking part in a 6K charity run/walk on Dec 21st to raise funds for Friends of St Luke’s Hospital and Suir Haven Cancer Unit in Thurles. County hurler Brendan Maher said that the initiative was inspired by the players’ support for teammate Eddie Connolly of Loughmore. He appealed to delegates to either take part in the event, help steward it or collect sponsorship for it. The event begins at Morris Park, Thurles at 1pm and finishes there also and there is an ancillary programme of entertainment lined up.
All-Ireland Minor Championships
Convention accepted a Moyle Rovers motion that only the winner of the provincial minor championships in both hurling and football go forward to the All-Ireland series. This will now be forwarded to national congress for consideration.
A Moyne-Templetuohy motion seeking to bring forward from March 31st to January 31st the final date for inter-club transfers was defeated.
A Thurles Sarsfields motion asking that players on inter-county senior, intermediate and under-21 panels be made available by their respective county team managements to train with their clubs for a period of five days prior to playing adult club championship games was accepted as a recommendation.
A Moyle Rovers motion that minor players participate in no more than one match in any 24-hour period to cover challenge and championship games was accepted as a recommendation.
Convention adopted motions from Kilsheelan-Kilcash calling for the establishment of a County Health and Wellbeing Committee and a Player Welfare Committee.