THE Annual General meeting of the North Tipperary GAA Board will take place on Monday, December 10th at 8pm (preceded by mass for deceased members at 7.30pm).
President: Matt Hassett (Toomevara). Vice-President: Donie Nealon (Burgess). Chairperson: John McGrath (Ballinahinch). Vice-Chairperson): Dan Kennedy (Toomevara). Secretary: Eugene Ryan (Moneygall). Assistant Secretary: Gerard McKeogh (Ballina). Treasurer: Willie Lennox (Shannon Rovers). Assistant Treasurer: Catherine Gleeson (Kildangan). PRO: Liam Hogan (Shannon Rovers). Trustee: Dan Kennedy (Roscrea). Registrar: Joe Hanrahane (Nenagh Éire Óg). Children’s Officer: Cora Moroney (Newport). Officer for Irish Language and Culture: Martin Ryan (Ballinahinch). Coaching Officer: John Sheedy (Portroe). Development Officer: Jackie Meagher (Toomevara).
1.C.L.G. Tulach Sheasta propose that the Under 21 Hurling and Football and Intermediate Football commence early in the season and be completed before Intermediate Hurling commences. (Newport)
2. The County Intermediate Championship to be played on the basis of an all county open draw championship – divided into 4 groups with the winner of each group into quarter finals. Each division run their own championship with the winner receiving entry into quarter finals. A team that gains 2 quarter final places automatically enters at semi final stage. (Shannon Rovers)
3. That the County Intermediate Hurling Championship be run on an open draw system similar to the manner in which the County Senior Football Championship of 2012 was run. With 18 teams involved, the open draw shall be as follows:
Divide the teams into 4 groups. The 4 teams to win each group qualify for the quarter finals to take part in the semi finals if they win their respective North, Mid, West or South Divisions. Meanwhile each division to run their own championship as they see fit with divisional winners into quarter finals or into semi final if already in last 4 of the Open Draw. (Shannon Rovers)
4. North Senior Board P.R.O. to have a vote on the C.C.C. Committee. (Shannon Rovers).
In a wide ranging report to next Monday night’s convention North Tipperary secretary Eugene Ryan (Moneygall) reports that although “we all shared the disappointment of our county senior hurlers loss to Kilkenny in the All-Ireland semi final . . . there was much to celebrate on the inter county scene with the All-Ireland successes enjoyed by the minor and intermediate hurlers and the Munster wins by the senior hurlers and minor footballers. With so much inter-county activity there was great difficulty in arranging club fixtures and a number of our championships remain to be completed”.
In his report Eugene Ryan highlights the achievements of Silvermines (munster intermediate hurling champions), Nenagh Éire Óg Nenagh (county minor A champions), Roscrea (county junior B champions), Borrisokane (junior and under-21B football champions), Inane Rovers (county minor B football champions) and, of course, Portroe’s great win in the north Tipperary senior hurling championship. Eugene Ryan also highlighted the achievement of Nenagh CBS in winning the All-Ireland Colleges title for the first time.
In relation to the fixtures issue Eugene Ryan said: “once again, there were many headaches trying to organise our fixtures. The success of our county teams is very welcome, but it does cause extra difficulty in arranging fixtures, but it is one we can certainly live with.
“What is annoying is the big number of excuses put forward by some clubs during the year not to play games. Some of these could certainly be avoided.
“Most weddings are arranged at least a year in advance and yet we sometimes have clubs coming forward a few weeks before a wedding asking for a free weekend. Weddings that do not have a direct connection with players on a team should not be used as an excuse for postponing a game.
“Under no circumstances do I see a need for postponing a game because of stag parties or 21st birthdays – there are enough week ends in the year to enable people to arrange these when there will be no clash of fixtures.
“Our CCC is tasked with the problem of arranging fixtures and the members put in a huge amount of work to ensure the smooth running of our championships. I thank them for their work in this area.”
The Premier Plan
With regard to the Premier Plan Eugene Ryan’s report reads: “This was published in autumn 2011 and in last years report I expressed the concern that many of the plans could be gathering dust on shelves across the division.
“A few clubs have done tremendous work on their own plan and I would encourage all clubs to put it on their list of priorities for 2013”.
Eugene Ryan thanked all the club secretaries “for their wonderful co-operation during the year”.
“At all times I found them most co-operative in our communications and even when decisions were not in accordance with the club’s wishes, it was always accepted in the best interests of the overall position of the board,” Eugene Ryan said before making special mention of the late Ger Heenan, who sadly passed away during the year - “Ger had acted as secretary of Shannon Rovers club for many years and was always a pleasure to deal with.
“I offer sincere sympathy to his wife and family and also to the Shannon Rovers club”.
Mr Ryan also highlighted the efforts of the referees and umpires who “we are indebted to”.
“I ask all our clubs to take more responsibility in ensuring that our players and officials treat our referees with the greatest respect,” Eugene Ryan said.