No ‘lit­tle deals’ says Ha­gan

Spe­cial treat­ment sug­gested

Bray People - - SPORT - BREN­DAN LAWRENCE

A Del­e­gate in the work­shop set up to dis­sect the CCC re­port to Con­ven­tion by Mick Ha­gan won­dered were “lit­tle deals” be­ing done by the CCC and some clubs in the county to get games off or changed.

The claim was made by des­ig­nated Chair­man of the group, Ed­die Leonard, who listed out a num­ber of queries and com­plaints re­gard­ing games in the county in 2014.

“The free week­ends that were sup­posed to be ap­plied for,” be­gan Leonard, “one del­e­gate felt that in some cases some clubs were or­gan­is­ing lit­tle deals with the CCC and get­ting matches off and that’s not ap­ply­ing to other clubs. The free week­ends we were told were not go­ing to hap­pen but ap­par­ently they did hap­pen and that was a bit of a point,” he said in relation to dis­cus­sions at the work­shop ear­lier.

“We also felt that the league matches (in Se­nior foot­ball league games) should be com­pleted be­fore the cham­pi­onship be­cause at the end of the sea­son when you’re team is out of the cham­pi­onship we felt that once the league have to be played in Oc­to­ber and Novem­ber it loses it’s im­pe­tus and there’s noth­ing re­ally to play for and it’s just re­ally a rub­ber, a dead rub­ber and they felt that I f the league was fin­ished be­fore the cham­pi­onship it might help,” he said.

The lack of teams in the Mi­nor hurl­ing was men­tioned and that there was very lit­tle di­a­logue be­tween Coiste na nOg and the CCC re­gard­ing ju­ve­nile fix­tures, es­pe­cially Mi­nor and that is an is­sue.

Leonard also men­tioned the pos­si­bil­ity of hav­ing “des­ig­nated nights” for Se­nior league games in the county.

“The big­gest is­sue we felt is that the clubs have to come be­fore the county,” he added. “we felt that the county Se­nior hurl­ing and foot­ball teams are rul­ing how matches are played and that play­ers are be­ing kept and not be­ing al­lowed to play with their clubs and this is some­thing that has to be ad­dressed be­cause one del­e­gate did say “at the mo­ment Wick­low are go­ing nowhere as re­gards Di­vi­sion 4 and the Le­in­ster cham­pi­onship so we should be try­ing to work on our clubs and raise the stan­dard of foot­ball in our clubs and that will prob­a­bly in time help the de­vel­op­ment of the county,” he added.

In re­ply, Chair­man of the CCC Mick Ha­gan said that there were “no spe­cial deals” when it came to clubs get­ting games off but that if clubs let the CCC know about things com­ing up they would try to help them to the best of their abil­ity.

In relation to fin­ish­ing the league prior to the start of the cham­pi­onship in Wick­low Ha­gan said that if a club was to be put out after only two cham­pi­onship games they’d have up to four months with­out a game and that was why then league op­er­ates at both ends of the sea­son.

Mick Ha­gan (cen­tre) was quick to rub­bish sug­ges­tions of ‘deals’ be­ing done with clubs in Wick­low.

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