Fixtures issue highlighted
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.