West is only district awake
NO UPTAKE ON BOARDS ELSEWHERE
‘BRING back the District Boards’.
That was the case made by the Hollywood delegates at the County Convention held a year ago.
While this did not appear to get big general support for the idea, either from the floor or the top table the motion still got through.
The Chairman Martin Coleman decided to give the clubs plenty of time to ponder the change and did not move to put the idea into action until recent weeks.
First he held meetings with people that he felt were sympathetic to the idea in all four districts; then it was convention time and first up was the West Convention, held in the new clubhouse in Hollywood.
That went off alright. Nine of the 10 clubs in the area sent delegates. All positions on the new board were filled and a date and venue was agreed for a first fixtures meeting.
There, however, the success story ended.
The other three District Conventions were fixed for Tuesdays night the 25th. The South was due to meeting Aughrim but only one club turned up;
The attendance at the North gathering in the Eire Og Club house in Greystones was better but while the attendance were interested in extra fixtures no one wanted to take on the job.
No interest at all in the East where the meeting was fixed for the St. Patrick’s clubhouse at Dunbur Park.
So where does Martin and his management committee go from here?
They could just say “forget the whole lot, the Clubs just don’t want change”.
But that would be to ignore the motion that was passed a year ago – and what happened in the West.
They could ask Hollywood to have a re-think and withdraw the suggestion - or – they could have a look at the history books and do what their forefathers did just over 100 years ago – give the West their own board and leave the door open for the other districts to come in if and when it suited them.
Perhaps we may hear more on that subject at the upcoming County Convention.
WEST FIXTURES MEETING
On the same night, the new West Board held their first fixtures meeting in Hollywood.
The Chairman John Stones was unable to attend due to the death of his brother Robert.
Pat Dunne chaired the meeting with the treasurer Louise Allen taking over as secretary for the night.
It was decided to start off with two competitions, the Hennessy Cup and the Wilson/Buttle Cup.
Teams in the Hennessy Cup – Baltinglass, Blessington, Dunlavin, Hollywood and Valleymount.
Wilson/Buttle Cup – DonardThe Glen; Kilbride, Kiltegan, Stratford-Grangecon and Lacken.
The first issue to be put to a vote on the night was the start up date for both competitions.
Pat Dunne informed the meeting that the CCC were about to start the new Under-20 football championship so the next two Sundays would be out.
Frank O’Neill from the Stratford-Grangecon club proposed putting the start up date be put back to January.
J.P. Moran of Blessington seconded that.
The Chairman Pat Dunne reminded the meeting that if the competitions did not start before the end of this year they would run into the same problems they had in the past.
Clubs who did not have their Insurance paid in January could not be allowed to play in new competitions.
If the Leagues were up and running they would be allowed to continue
Valleymount proposed that the competitions start as soon as possible and that was seconded by Donard-The Glen. The two proposals were put to the floor and the Valleymount proposal got through by one vote.
So for the moment at least the West is up and running with the first match in the Wilson/Buttle Cup between Donard-The Glen and Kiltegan scheduled to take place on Sunday next, December 7. Rules of Competitions Minimum of 13-a-side for both competitions. Venue: If home venue is not available the fixture is reversed.
Top two teams in the final, score difference is applicable.
Matches are fixed for 11am on Sunday mornings, this may only be changed on agreement by both clubs.
It had been decided on the night the new board was set up there would be an entry fee of £50 per team; If a club gave a walk over than they forfeited their money. Fixtures Hennessy Cup - December 14 - Hollywood v Dunlavin In Hollywood; January 18 - Blessington v Valleymount In Blessington; Baltinglass Bye
Wilson Buttle - December 7 - Donard-The Glen v Kiltegan in Donard (1.30pm); January 18 - Stratford-Grangecon v Kilbride in Stratford; Lacken Bye.
The remaining fixtures will be complete by the Wicklow CCC.