No ‘little deals’ says Hagan
Special treatment suggested
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.