The Annual Convention of West Bord Na nOg took place at a well attended McGrath Centre in Bansha on Wednesday night November 28th. Galtee Rvs Juvenile Club Chairman Lar Roche, in welcoming all the delegates present outlined the history of the McGrath Centre and wished the Board well with the evenings programme.
Secretary Paddy Fitzgerald produced a very thorough report on the year’s activities which outlined every game played which was in excess of 400 and complemented the various winners with special mention of our two County title winners, Clonoulty/Rossmore in U14 Hurling and Galtee Rvs in U12A Football.
In thanking the various Club secretaries he said huge credit must go to the clubs in seeing that that the majority of our games went off as scheduled or if not they were rearranged without any disruption to the competition calendar.
He also complemented the clubs in implementing the holiday exemption certs to ensure the smooth running of the U12 Leagues during holiday periods and unlike the rest of the county highlighted the inclusion of E and F Grades in the Division, ensuring all U12 players across the West Division were catered for.
Chairman Tom Dawson in his address was also complementary of the clubs for their flexibility and dedication in ensuring that no fewer than 434 games were played without any major problem which he said was only made possible with the huge contribution made by parents, team mentors and players alike.
He also complemented his fellow officers for their contribution to the running of Board affairs throughout the year, the local press and radio for the coverage given to our games and our referees and their officials for the invaluable role they play in making things happen.
Looking ahead he said changes were around the corner which could see Senior County Board appointing Divisional Board Na nOg committees while Tom English of the Eire Og Club also touched on the subject in saying that changes were coming down the track from Croke Park which will effect not only Senior Board but the future of Board Na nOg as well.
Games promotion officer Kevin Halley complemented Tipp’s All Ireland Minor Hurling and Munster football final victories this year and emphasised the role played by divisional teams in bringing success at county level.
To maintain the development and skill level of our Divisional and county teams, he urged more people to get involved with our Divisional Hurling and Football sides from U14 to U16 Level.
Club coaching courses he said can still be provided and in the coming year Hurling and Football blitzes with North Cork sides are being planned.
One of the motions down for discussion came from the Rockwell Rvs Club that ‘Amalgamated teams should automatically graded A’.
This motion generated a lot of debate amongst delegates but despite the merits of the motion it was felt that it militated against combination sides with several instances highlighted of it being unsuccessful.
The Adjourned AGM was fixed for January 31st 2013 in the Eire Og Community Centre, Annacarty, commencing at 8pm.
The following officers were returned unopposed for 2013 - President, Michael Gleeson (Arravale Rvs). Chairman, Tom Dawson (Eire Og). Vice Chairman, Seamus Furlong (Kickhams). Secretary, Paddy Fitzgerald (Kickhams). Treasurer, John Joe Morrissey (Cashel KC). PRO, Tommy Fitzgerald (Sologhead). Registrar, Roger Ryan (Cashel KC). West Senior Delegate, Tom Dawson.
Competition Controls Committee (5), Tom O’Donnell (Golden/Kilfeacle), Michael McCarthy (Cappawhite), Joe Hammersley (Clonoulty/Rossmore), Eoin Kennedy (Galtee Rvs), John Carey (Sean Treacys).