Fix­tures is­sue high­lighted

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THE thorny is­sue of fix­tures was raised at last Thurs­day night’s Coiste na nOg con­ven­tion in the county build­ings in Aughrim.

Fix­tures sec­re­tary Ed­die Leonard said that clubs in Wick­low should take a leaf out of Carnew Em­mets’ book when it comes to play­ing games and ful­fill­ing fix­tures.

“At 20 min­utes past 10am ev­ery Mon­day morn­ing I would get a call off Thomas Collins from Carnew and he would say “what have you got for me this week, Ed­die?” Not once did he com­plain and the amount of games that Carnew played is amaz­ing. Other clubs should take a leaf out of their book,” he said.

Kil­te­gan del­e­gate Nigel Byrne of­fered a “mas­sive” thanks to Ed­die Leonard who had the “most un­en­vi­able job in the county” in his opin­ion.

“I want to say a mas­sive thank you to Ed­die who has the most un­en­vi­able job in the county. But he was al­ways very ac­com­mo­dat- ing to our club, so thanks, Ed­die,” he said.

Vic­tor O’Shaugh­nessy queried the rea­son for the late­ness of some of the ju­ve­nile games in the county with some still to be played in late Novem­ber.

“Is there any­thing that can be done to al­le­vi­ate the late­ness?” he asked.

Chair­man of Coiste na nOg Martin Fitzger­ald said that there were two main rea­sons for the late­ness of games.

“One is that July nearly closes down (for ju­ve­nile games) be­cause clubs don’t want to play games. That has to change.

“And two - Carnew. Be­cause Carnew are in so many things they held up a lot of things. It’s not Carnew’s fault,” he added.

Pat Mitchell said that he agreed with Vic­tor O’Shaugh­nessy on the point that the games were run­ning late but that clubs them­selves had a lot to an­swer for.

“I agree, it did run late. But the Un­der-16 foot­ball went to a three­way play-off, the Mi­nor foot­ball went to a play-off and then there was Carnew’s bril­liant suc­cess.

“Over­all it wasn’t our in­ten­tion to run into Novem­ber but we hit a few stone walls along the way. Peo­ple are not pre­pared to play the games when they are asked to play the games.

“Any young lad in the county would play the game but some of the ex­cuses we got from clubs were un­be­liev­able. If you were up all night you wouldn’t think of them,” he added.

Ed­die Leonard said that the “land­scape has changed in re­gards ju­ve­nile com­pe­ti­tions”.

“Per­mis­sions,” he be­gan, “take my own club. We have no Un­der-16 hurl­ing but some of our lads play with Gle­nealy and Kil­coole Gaels.

“Then there are lads from Ti­na­hely play­ing with Michael Dwyers and Carnew. Lads from Hol­ly­wood and Bless­ing­ton play hurl­ing with Michael Dwyers.

“That’s not the fault of any­one, if there’s no hurl­ing they have to play some­where. But maybe they should all go to the one club,” he added.

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